Coast Guard Continues Investigation Into Tug and Barge Allision with Richmond Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Coast Guard investigators continue probing the cause of last night’s incident involving an oil barge striking the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Investigators made an initial inspection of the barge last night and confirmed that oil tanks were not leaking into the bay.

Coast Guard vessels, investigators, commercial oil spill response vessels and equipment, and several state, city and local agencies to include California Highway Patrol, Office of Emergency Services, Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Richmond Police Department, CALTRANS responded to the incident which occurred at approximately 6 pm yesterday. No oil was released into the environment.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sockeye remained in the area of the tug and barge overnight along with a commercial oil spill response vessel. Alcohol tests were done on all tugboat crew members, the results were negative. Drug testing was also conducted but those samples must be analyzed at a lab.

The barge is offloading its cargo at the Conoco Phillips facility in the inner Richmond Harbor to allow investigators to closely examine the damage. The Coast Guard has approved a plan for the barge to move to dry dock in San Francisco where repairs to the vessel will be made. The repairs will be approved by the Coast Guard prior to the barge being allowed to load cargo and sail.

The Coast Guard’s continues its investigation to determine the cause of the incident.

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