116 barges on the loose, Mississippi
USCG Report: ST. LOUIS - The Coast Guard Captain of the Port St. Louis set a safety zone on the Mississippi River in response to 116 barges breaking away from their moorings, May 30.
The safety zone extends from MM 165 to MM 176. The waterway is closed to all vessels except those directly involved in the recovery efforts.
At approximately 6:53 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River received a call of multiple barges that had broken free of their moorings. These barges were floating freely and represented an immediate danger to facilities and bridges in the Port of St. Louis. An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast requesting all boats in the area to respond was transmitted. There were a total of 116 barges impacted by the breakaway.
At around 1600 LT it was reported that all barges were secured, with no injuries, pollution, or critical infrastructure affected. Tank barges with hazardous cargo have been accounted for and are safe. The Coast Guard reopened the Upper Mississippi River, from MM 165 to MM 176 at 4:02 p.m., Saturday.