Coast Guard investigates vessel allision on Columbia River in Oregon

13th Coast Guard District NewsASTORIA, Ore. – The Coast Guard is investigating a tug and barge allision that occurred in the Columbia River at mile 48 near Westport, Ore., at approximately 3 a.m., Thursday.

The 123-foot tug Cochise was towing the 357-foot petroleum barge Morro Bay. Both vessels struck anchored piping and equipment belonging to the dredge Oregon. The dredge itself was not struck.

Morro Bay is a double-hulled barge and was empty at the time of the allision.

No injuries or pollution have been reported.

Both the tug Cochise and the barge Morro Bay are currently moored near Astoria.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, Ore., will conduct inspections of both the tug and barge today.

The cause of the allision is under investigation.

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