Towboats collision, oil spill, Mississippi
PADUCAH, Ky. – Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley watchstanders received a call about a collision between two towboats at mile marker 937 at 8:22 p.m. local time Sep 2.
The collision caused damage to a barge containing clarified slurry oil, reportedly discharging an unknown amount. The barge reportedly has a maximum potential of 1.05 million gallons of clarified slurry oil. The Coast Guard is working with the barge owner and SWS, an oil spill response organization, to determine the amount of slurry oil that has been discharged.
September 03, 2015
On-scene assessment teams have reported the maximum estimated potential clarified slurry oil released from the tug collision is now 250,000 gallons, Sep 3. The maximum potential spill has been reduced because the two remaining partitions aboard the affected barge were reportedly secured.
A safety zone is in place on the Mississippi River, and currently closed to all traffic except response vessels between mile markers 939-922. A queue is in place, six up bound and nine down bound.