Lower Mississippi River Re-opened to Vessel Traffic

DONALDSONVILLE, La.- At approximately 10:18 a.m. the Coast Guard re-opened the stretch of lower Mississippi River, from mile markers 167-177, which was partially closed after the towboat Senator Stennis struck the sunken wreckage of a replica 17th Century French warship, Le Pelican, and spilled approximately 30 gallons of diesel fuel.

The Senator Stennis was safely removed from the wreckage, with no further pollution reported. The 30-gallons was cleaned up by absorbent boom and natural dispersion. The Senator Stennis is underway to Elmwood Shipyard in New Orleans for repairs.

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