Coast Guard responds to damaged barge

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard responded to a damaged barge at the Ash Grove Cement Facility in the Duwamish Waterway in the vicinity of Harbor Island, Wash., today.

Coast Guard Sector Seattle received a phone call at 3:45 p.m. from a local tug that a 273-foot gravel barge, owned by Island Tug and Barge Co., had buckled in the mid-portion of the vessel and was spilling gravel into the water while tied to the pier.

The barge is still afloat and crews are working to offload the remaining gravel and sand.

One person was onboard the barge and was able to depart safely onto the pier.

Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology vessel inspectors and investigators remained on-scene to oversee the salvage of the barge and investigate the cause of the incident.

No pollution or injuries have been reported.

Ed. Note: Story corrected May 7th to show the correct owner of the barge.

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  1. We were wondering if you could make a change on an error in the above article. The name of the company is incorrect. You have used our company name instead of the correct company name.

    It is confusing for all as the two companies have very similar names. The company that had the mishap is Island Tug and Barge Co. from Seattle. You have used our company name: Island Tug and Barge Ltd. from Vancouver, BC.

    We were alerted to the article from a Google Alert search. We are concerned other people will think that the mishap occured with our vessels. As you know, information stays on the internet for a long time so we would be most appreciative if you could change the name in your article. We are not looking for retraction, just a correction so that Search Engines will not confuse the companies.

    Thank you so much and please call me directly if you have any questions or concerns. Tammy Charles 604-538-6757