Coast Guard modifies safety zone on Mississippi River

Coast Guard 8th District News
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard has opened southbound traffic on the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Miss., today.

The Coast Guard set a safety zone on the Mississippi river from MM 436 to MM 415 due to barges breaking away, Sunday.

The current vessel queue is 17 northbound vessels and 12 southbound vessels.

Once southbound traffic is cleared, northbound traffic will be allowed to transit.

At approximately 10:55 a.m., Sunday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississipi received a call that 30 barges carrying coal and grain had broken free of their moorings after the lead barge had struck the Vicksburg Railroad Bridge.

All of the barges have been accounted for.

One barges is partially submerged on the river bank.

One barge is aground on a dike.

One barge is sunk just south of the I-20 bridge piling parallel to the channel.

Mariners shall not enter into, depart from, or move within the safety zone unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Lower Mississippi river or a designated representative. All concerned mariners may contact Sector Lower Mississippi River at 901-521-4824 or the Coast Guard on VHF-FM channel 16.

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