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US Coast Guard monitors barge with heavy fuel oil aground after collision near Plaquemine, Louisiana

20 Sep 2022

The US Coast Guard said it is monitoring a barge with heavy fuel oil aground after a collision at mile marker 43.5 on the Port Allen route of the Gulf intracoastal waterway on Saturday (17 September) .

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received notification that two tow vessels collided, Creole Crusader and Jack Odom, at approximately 12.30 am. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge personnel were notified and responded.

Creole Crusader was towing two barges containing heavy fuel oil, and Jack Odom was towing two empty barges and three barges of steel bars. All seven barges remained on scene while two barges were intentionally grounded to prevent flooding or pollution. A transfer of the oil was scheduled to take place on Sunday.

The waterway will be closed at mile marker 43.5 to all vessel traffic until further notice.

No injuries or pollution have been reported.


Photo credit: Marine Traffic / Roni Schneider
Published: 20 September, 2022

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