Unified Command continues oil spill response near New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinators Office, Gallagher Marine and response personnel continue cleanup efforts on the Mississippi River near New Orleans, Friday.

Algiers and Canal Street Ferries have resumed operations. The Coast Guard has lifted its waterway restriction on the Mississippi River near New Orleans

“The intracoastal waterway between the Algiers Lock and Inner Harbor Navigation Canal is open,” said Capt. Wayne Arguin, commander, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “The transit through Algiers point is currently being evaluated.”

Response teams are continuing cleanup efforts after the vessel Pac Antares struck a pier Thursday near Nashville Avenue Wharf, releasing heavy fuel oil into the Mississippi River.

“We are grateful for the cooperation between all members of the unified command and their efforts to quickly restore commerce and minimize environmental impact,” said Capt. Wayne Arguin, commander, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans.

The Unified Command is preparing for Saturday’s weather. Cleanup operations will continue as long as it is safe to do so.

The Coast Guard is working with industry to test if vessel traffic impacts cleanup efforts. The results of the test will determine when the waterway can be reopened.

The Unified Command has deployed 121 people, 29 boats and six skimmers to remove oil from impacted waterways and shoreline.

Air monitoring continues along the impacted region, and air quality remains safe.

There have been no reports of impacted wildlife.

For claims related to the incident, including vessel decontamination, please call 1-888-850-8486.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

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