A Unified Command has been set up in response to the Uninspected Towing Vessel Mike A. Nadicksbernd taking on water at Lock and Dam 52 on the Ohio River near Brookport, Illinois, Thursday.
The vessel has approximately 47,000 gallons of diesel on board. A lightering operations plan has been submitted and is being reviewed for approval.
The waterway is closed from mile marker 937 to mile marker 941. The current queue is nine vessels up-bound and six vessels down-bound.
The towing vessel allided with Lock and Dam 52, Wednesday afternoon, and was pinned against the lock wall. The vessel then began taking on water in the engine room.
The vessel, owned by American Commercial Barge Line, was pushing 19 empty barges and one loaded with steel rods.
There are no reports of injuries or pollution.
The Unified Command consists of the Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and American Commercial Barge Line.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.