Response Continues to Christmas Day Coal Barge Accident on the Ohio River

The U.S. Coast Guard with the Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Towing Company continue to respond to a tug and barge accident on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky more than a week after it began. Watchstanders at CG Sector Ohio Valley received a report at around 8:10 p.m. on Christmas reporting that the towing vessel Debbie Graham, which was pushing 15 … [Read more...]

Mississippi River Vessel Traffic Halted Due to Breakaway Barges North of St. Louis -Army Corps

By Tom Polansek CHICAGO, Sept 26 (Reuters) - The Mississippi River closed to vessel traffic north of St. Louis on Wednesday after barges carrying loads of corn broke free from one another and struck a river lock, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. The accident took place at Lock and Dam 25 near Winfield, Missouri, and involved a vessel towing 12 barges south on the … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard to Hold Public Hearing on Fatal Bouchard No. 255 Barge Explosion

The U.S. Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct a formal public hearing beginning Monday to consider evidence related to an explosion and fire aboard the Bouchard No. 255 tank barge that claimed the lives of two people. The explosion, fire, and subsequent loss of life took place off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas on October 20, 2017. The Coast Guard said initially that the … [Read more...]

Traders Rush to Move Diesel Up Rhine as Water Level Ebbs

By Bill Lehane (Bloomberg) -- Traders are racing to move barges of diesel and gasoil up the Rhine River, one of Europe’s key shipping arteries, as declining water levels caused by a dry spell impede transport. Cargoes of the fuels moving inland from the river’s mouth in the Netherlands have jumped by 50 percent since May, according to estimates from researcher PJK … [Read more...]