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...]

Mysterious ‘Haze’ Closes Portion of Mississippi River

A 10-mile stretch of the Lower Mississippi River was closed Friday due a mysterious white haze, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Coast Guard watchstanders received reports of the haze at 9 a.m. and quickly closed the Mississippi River from mile marker 205 to 215 near Plaquemine Point in Louisiana. Local fire departments, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Louisiana … [Read more...]

Mississippi River Traffic May Reopen Friday After Barge Hits Iowa Bridge

By Michael Hirtzer April 9 (Reuters) - Mississippi River barge traffic could reopen Friday at the earliest, government officials said on Wednesday, a day after a barge struck a railroad bridge at Sabula, Iowa, forcing the closure of a two-mile (3.2 km) stretch of the country's busiest waterway. The U.S. Coast Guard was investigating damage to the railroad bridge owned by … [Read more...]

Unified Command: Weekend Collision Spilled 31,500 Gallons of Light Crude Into Mississippi River

Cleanup crews are continuing to respond to an oil spill on the lower Mississippi River that over the weekend caused the closure of a 65 mile stretch of the busy waterway and apparently threatened a nearby water intake facility. As gCaptain report previously, the U.S. Coast Guard received a report at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday that a tank barge was damaged in a … [Read more...]

Rising Mississippi River To Halt Barge Shipping Again

By Karl Plume June 25 (Reuters) - Rising water on the Mississippi River will force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close numerous locks on the major shipping waterway for the second time this month, from central Iowa to central Missouri. The river is already above flood stage at numerous locations following recent heavy rains and more precipitation is in the forecast … [Read more...]