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...]

Coast Guard: Dutch-Flagged Tanker Spills HFO in Lower Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a heavy fuel oil discharge from a Dutch-flagged tanker near Norco, Louisiana. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 1 a.m. Monday of a HFO discharge from the foreign flagged vessel Iver Exporter near mile marker 126 on the Lower Mississippi River. The source of the discharge is reported to … [Read more...]

Nasty Oil Spill Closes Mississippi River Near New Orleans After Cargo Ship Hits Pier

The U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to reports of an oil spill after a cargo ship struck a pier near mile marker 100 on the lower Mississippi River near New Orleans on Thursday. The Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 10:30 a.m. that the Singapore-flagged ship Pac Antares had allided with a pier and was reportedly leaking diesel fuel into … [Read more...]

Search Suspended for Two Missing from Towboat that Capsized on Mississippi River Near New Orleans

The Coast Guard suspended its search for two people who were aboard a towing vessel that sank in the vicinity of mile marker 90.5 on the Mississippi River near New Orleans, Tuesday. The incident comes as the Lower Mississippi River is experiencing high water from recent rainfall. Missing are Malon Dawsey and Karl Prince. Coast Guard crews and local agencies searched … [Read more...]

Towboat Fire on Lower Mississippi Forces Crew to Abandon Ship

The crew of a towboat was forced to abandon ship after their vessel caught on fire while pushing barges on the lower Mississippi River near Greenville, Mississippi on Wednesday. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a report at 7:20 a.m. of the towboat Leland Speaks adrift and on fire on the lower Mississippi River. Other towboats reportedly … [Read more...]