Coast Guard Investigates Tanker Collision in Baton Rouge

NEW ORLEANS – Personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge, La., are investigating the cause of a collision between the I-10 bridge and an oil tanker in Baton Rouge today.

The Coast Guard received the report at about 8:45 a.m. that the 798-foot tanker Kition had collided with the bridge at mile marker 229 along the Lower Mississippi River near the Port Allen Route. The Kition is a Bahama-flagged tanker, owned by Kition Shipping Co. Ltd. in Switzerland.

The tanker was carrying 466,000 barrels of carbon black crude oil at the time, an there are no reports of injuries or pollution.

The tanker has been moved and is restricted to Mill Anchorage at mile marker 228 along the Lower Mississippi River.

The waterway remains open.

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