Coast Guard responds to barge collision on lower Mississippi River

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NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a collision between two vessels near mile marker 154 on the lower Mississippi River, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report from the National Response Center at approximately 3:30 p.m. that a vessel
collided with a tank barge as it transited along the river near Bacherie. The collision damaged the barge which caused a release of light crude oil into the Mississippi River. There are no injuries as a result of the collision.

A Unified Command has been established with the U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office and the responsible party.

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