Coast Guard Reopens Mississippi Following Collisions

By George Backwell
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Coast Guard duty: File photo

Coast Guard Captain of the Port, New Orleans, informs that the Mississippi River has been re-opened to all traffic transiting around the International Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT) between mile marker 96 and mile marker 98.

The disabled vessel, Flag Gangos, is no longer impeding traffic. The slow-bell requirement is still in effect in the vicinity of the IMTT facility.

The incident
Late Tuesday watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector New Orleans command center received a report that the Maltese-flagged vessel Flag Gangos lost power and steering near mile marker 97.4 on the Lower Mississippi River and collided with the Liberian-flagged vessel Pamisos and the barge Web 235, both moored at the International Matex Tank Terminals conducting transfer operations.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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