Operation Big Tow confirms 99% of towing vessel operators properly licensed

NEW ORLEANS – The Eighth Coast Guard District recently completed Operation Big Tow, a three-month long effort designed as a result of a collision between a cargo vessel and a loaded oil barge on the Mississippi River that spilled more than 282,000 gallons of #6 fuel oil to spill into the river. Operation Big Tow was designed to ensure vessel operators were properly licensed for their respective...

Key witnesses decline to testify in New Orleans oil spill probe

Jen DeGregorio reports in The Times-Picayune – NOLA.com that Five key witnesses have refused to testify for the Coast Guard’s investigation of a summer oil spill in New Orleans, including the mariner who abandoned the towboat involved in the incident. var _bos = _bos||[]; _bos.push({ "div": "Brid_29352540", "obj": {"id":"6384","width":"550","height":"309"} });

Coast Guard to hold public hearing on oil spill investigation

New Orleans – The Coast Guard will be holding a public hearing regarding the collision on the Mississippi River that occurred July 23, 2008, between the motor vessel Tintomara and the towing vessel Mel Oliver. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 at 9 a.m. at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in New Orleans, La.