NEW ORLEANS – The Unified Command is continuing its response to the UTV Mike A. Nadicksbernd taking on water at Lock and Dam 52 on the Ohio River, Friday.
The vessel has approximately 47,000 gallons of diesel on board. Lightering operations have completed removal of lube oil and waste oil from the towing vessel. Salvage operations have begun removal of the vessel and barges.
The waterway is closed from mile marker 937 to mile marker 941. The current queue is 12 vessels up-bound and 10 vessels down-bound.
The towing vessel allided with Lock and Dam 52, Wednesday afternoon, and was pinned against the lock wall. The vessel then began taking on water in the engine room.
The vessel, owned by American Commercial Barge Line, was pushing 19 empty barges and one loaded with steel rods.
There are no reports of injuries or pollution.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.