Barge Collision in Mississippi River Caused Oil Spill

By Accidents

USCG responded to a distress signal of crude oil vessel in Mississippi River.
A unified command has been established in response to a report of crude oil in the lower Mississippi River near mile marker 434 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Sunday.
Watchstanders at the USCG Sector Lower Mississippi River obtained the signal at 1:30 am, saying that 2 tank barges, towed by the tug Nature's Way Endeavor, collided with the Vicksburg Railroad river bridge. Both of the tank barges were loaded with crude oil; and they both experienced damages, and one has released oil into lower Mississippi River.
The actual quantity of oil released into the lower river hasn't yet been defined.
The Marine Safety Unit Vicksburg of the Coast Guard has sent a pollution response team to evaluate the size of the oil spill and oversee cleanup operations. It is reportedly said that the source has been contained and tank levels are being observed for further oil leakage. The actual amount of the oil spill hasn't yet been determined, but the leaking tank contained almost 80 000 gallons of light crude oil.
The Vicksburg Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Capt. William Drelling, commander of Sector Lower Mississippi River, has closed a section of the lower Mississippi River to all marine traffic from mile marker 425 to mile marker 441 near Vicksburg.