The tow vessel Lucia allided with barges located at Stone Fleet at 12:17 a.m., after which six barges from the fleeting area broke away.
Approximately 20 gallons of residual petroleum-based product contained in transfer lines at the fleeting area is believed to have discharged into the river. The damaged barge poses no additional risk of pollution as a result of the incident.
The river, which was closed from mile marker 93 to mile marker 96.5, in the vicinity of the Crescent City Connection Bridge, reopened at 10:22 a.m.
The barges that broke free have been secured.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.