Barge Recovery Operations Concluded on Mississippi River

Barge Recovery Operations Concluded on Mississippi River
NEW ORLEANS – Barge recovery operations were completed, in which 1,976,000 gallons of denatured ethanol was successfully removed from barges near Helena, Ark, Thursday. Over a four-day period, 292,000 gallons entered the water. Investigators believe the denatured ethanol was released into the Mississippi River and quickly mixed into the water column, making the released product unrecoverable. Authorities...

Coast Guard investigating barge allision near Helena, Miss.

Coast Guard investigating barge allision near Helena, Miss.
MEMPHIS – The Coast Guard is investigating a barge allision at mile marker 661.7 on the Lower Mississippi River, near Helena, Miss., Tuesday. The vessel Cynthia G. Esper reportedly allided with the pier of the Helena Highway Bridge, after which four barges of denatured alcohol it was transporting broke away from the towboat at 10:12 p.m. The damaged barges reportedly contain 2,472,162 gallons of...

Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore damaged in barge allision in Cordova, Alaska

Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore damaged in barge allision in Cordova, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard is investigating an allision that occurred between an Alaska Marine Lines barge and the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore in Cordova, Sunday. The Sycamore, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender, was at its moorings when the allision occurred and suffered damage to its bow. There have been no reports of injuries or pollution at this time. The Sycamore, homeported in Cordova,...

Coast Guard investigates barge allision near Mason Inlet, NC

Coast Guard investigates barge allision near Mason Inlet, NC
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is investigating a barge allision Friday that happened in the intracoastal waterway (ICW) near Mason Inlet, N.C. A crewmember aboard the tug Betty Jo contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at approximately 3:45 a.m. reporting they ran aground and struck a private pier while transiting the Mason Inlet. Five boats were moored at the pier during...

Lightering operations completed, flaring operations continue on pipeline fire

Lightering operations completed, flaring operations continue on pipeline fire
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard and assisting agencies continue response operations for a tug and barge that allided with a pipeline near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans Friday. After the barge was removed from the scene and taken to a secure location, offloading operations were conducted and completed at approximately 3 p.m. Friday. The crude oil from the barge has been offloaded into a...

Coast Guard responds to barge allision near Chef Menteur Pass Bridge

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a barge that allided with the Chef Menteur Pass Highway 90 Bridge, Wednesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the Louisiana Department of Transportation at 11:12 a.m., that a cement barge being towed by the uninspected towing vessels Shannan C and Portier I allided with the bridge, which required closing...

Coast Guard re-opens Mississippi River to north, southbound traffic with tight restrictions

NEW ORLEANS — After evaluations to determine any relevant safety concerns, the Coast Guard is allowing southbound traffic to transit on the Mississippi River with tight restrictions, Tuesday, following the sinking of three barges near Baton Rouge, Friday. Southbound traffic can only transit during daylight hours with a tow of no more than 20 barges with a minimum of 300 horsepower per barge. Also,...