Tank Barge Runs Aground in Raritan Bay

RARITAN BAY, N.Y. — The Coast Guard is investigating a tank barge that ran aground when it went outside of the channel in Raritan Bay near Ward’s Point Bend around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The barge George Morris was being towed out to sea by the tug Rowan M. McAllister carrying 50,000 barrels of Ethanol aboard.

Coast Guard pollution response officers and marine investigators report that the ship suffered no apparent hull breach and no oil or ethanol has entered the water.

Coast Guard assets will continue to monitor the situation, and are developing plans to refloat the vessel only after the barge is lightened.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the grounding.

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