Grounded Tug and Barge Succesosfully Refloated On Hudson River

NEW YORK-A 114-foot tug carrying 65,000 gallons of diesel fuel and pushing a 320-foot barge was successfully re-floated at high tide at about 4:30 a.m. today after they ran aground 15 miles south of Albany on the Hudson River at 3:50 p.m. Friday.

Both vessel’s hulls remained intact, and there have been no reports of pollution.

The tug Tasman Sea and the barge DBL 81, both owned by K-Sea Operating Partnership LP, located in Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, N.Y., were en route to the Port Authority Pier in Albany, N.Y., when they grounded.

“The operating company submitted a salvage plan to the Coast Guard that consisted of de-ballasting the vessels, which allowed the tug and barge to safely free themselves with the high tide,” said Lt. j.g. Timothy McDonald Sector New York command duty officer.

Coast Guard Sector New York investigators arrived on scene at about 2:30 a.m. to review the salvage plan and begin an investigation.

The Coast Guard Cutter Wire, a 65-foot vessel from Saugerties, N.Y., also arrived on scene to monitor the situation.

Commercial divers conducted surveys of both the tug and barge and found that there was no breach of hull to either vessel.

Both vessels are safely moored at the Port of Albany.

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