Coast Guard reopens portions of the Mississippi River

The towing vessels Kathy Azlin and Amy Frances are staged next to the damaged MM-46 barge for lightening operations on the Mississippi River near Natchez, Jan. 22, 2016. Response crews continually conducted soundings of the damaged tanks on the MM-46 barge to determine the amount of clarified oil spill. (Courtesy photo by Adam Davis, NOAA)

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has reopened the Mississippi River to one-way traffic from mile marker 127 to mile marker 129 to all vessels, near Hahnville, Louisiana.

The Mississippi River was closed Tuesday in response to a collision between two towing vessels near mile marker 129 on the Mississippi River. One barge carrying caustic soda capsized in the river.

The capsized barge has been secured. The Coast Guard & the Port of South Louisiana are monitoring the area for any changing conditions that could affect vessel traffic.

High-water restrictions and advisories for the Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Captain of the Port Zone are still in place.  For more details on these limitations, please visit

In addition, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Lower Mississippi River has lifted the waterway restriction between mile marker 363 to mile marker 438 on the Mississippi River.

The towing vessel Thomas Kay allided with the Coast  at mile marker 435.8 on Jan. 21. One ethanol barge sustained damage from the allision.  The other eighteen dry cargo barges reported no damage.

The cause of both incidents is under investigation.

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