Coast Guard reopens Ohio River at Louisville, KY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Ohio Valley, in coordination with the Army Corps of Engineers, Central Ohio River Marine Industry Group (CORMIG), Belle of Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation and Ingram Barge Company, have reopened the Ohio River to vessel traffic between mile markers 603.5 and 608.

The four and one half mile stretch of river through downtown Louisville has been reopened to restricted navigation for vessel traffic. Navigation through the downtown Louisville area is being managed and coordinated by the Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley Vessel Traffic Service and an industry vessel on scene to assist vessels in safely navigating through the affected area.

Salvage operations have already begun with lightering operations to remove the iron ore from the barges. Additional salvage equipment is in route and expected to arrive early Sunday morning and begin operations to re-float the sunken barges.

The Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers are continuing to work with involved industry to quickly and safely remove the barges from the Ohio River. The Coast Guard is also continuing its marine casualty investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

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