Tank Barge in Collision on Upper Mississippi River
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans is responding to a report of a collision between two vessels near mile marker 154 on the lower Mississippi River.
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders say they received a report from the National Response Center that a vessel had collided with a tank barge as it transited along the river near Bacherie. The collision damaged the barge which caused a release of light crude oil into the Mississippi River. There are no injuries as a result of the collision.
A Unified Command has been established with the U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office and the responsible party.