NEW ORLEANS – Racine Lock and Dam is open to vessel traffic after a barge was removed from the lock and dam, Thursday.
Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report at approximately 9:00 p.m. that the uninspected towing vessel, Capt. Ed Harris, removed the barge from the locking channel and took it to a nearby fleeting area.
The remaining two barges are pinned against gates seven and eight of the dam, with the vessel pinned against gates six and seven.
Members of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Huntington are on scene to conduct a marine casualty investigation.
A unified command has been established, which consists of the Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers and the responsible party, Settoon Towing Company.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report that UTV Austin C. Settoon, pushing three barges loaded with approximately 3,780,000 gallons of natural gas condensate, allided with the lock wall at approximately 5:30 a.m., Thursday. The barges subsequently broke away.
There have been no reports of injuries or pollution.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.