Posts Tagged ‘boating’

Coast Guard lacks assets to respond to emergency on river

VICKSBURG — After a two-barge tow carrying 1.5 million gallons of oil hit the U.S. Highway 80 bridge in the early morning hours of Jan. 27, Coast Guard officials had to rely on a Vicksburg industry to respond. “We don’t have a specific search and rescue presence here in Vicksburg,” said Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Walthour […] [...]

Towboat company paying for post-accident bridge inspection

VICKSBURG — A towboat company that owns the barges that struck a Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg will be billed $2,200 for the span’s post-accident inspection. A two-barge tow pushed by the towboat Natures Way Endeavor, based in Theodore, Ala., struck the bridge at about 1 a.m. Jan. 27, causing one of the barges to […] [...]

U.S. Senate caucus forms to focus on Mississippi River

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A bipartisan Mississippi River Caucus is being launched in the U.S. Senate in an effort to encourage commerce and address issues such as flood mitigation and navigation concerns. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Democrat Tom Harkin of Iowa announced plans for the caucus today. It will also seek to […] [...]

Crews complete cleanup of oil that shut down river

VICKSBURG — The Coast Guard has completed cleanup of the oil spill near Vicksburg that closed the major shipping channel for days in both directions. After extensive shoreline assessments and cleanup actions, the Coast Guard says it and the Departments of Environmental Quality in Louisiana and Mississippi deemed the cleanup complete yesterday. A 16-mile stretch […] [...]

Coast Guard allows restricted traffic at oil spill site

by Associated Press Published: January 31,2013

Tags: accident, barge, boat, boating, bridge, cleanup, collision, crude oil, emergency, leak, navigation, oil spill, river water, shipping, towboat, transportation

VICKSBURG — The Coast Guard is permitting restricted commercial vessel traffic on the Mississippi River near Vicksburg as crews work to remove oil from a leaking barge, a Guard spokesman said today. Chief Petty Officer Paul Roszkowski said southbound commercial traffic will be allowed to pass through the area during daylight hours and northbound commercial […] [...]

Crews hope to start removing oil from damaged barge

VICKSBURG — The Coast Guard says crews hope to start work today to remove thousands of gallons of oil from a damaged barge on the Mississippi River, but it’s not clear how long that could take or when the river will reopen. A 16-mile stretch of river was closed near Vicksburg for a fourth day […] [...]

Boats still idled by oil spill on Mississippi; reopening uncertain

VICKSBURG — With more than 50 vessels idled on the water for a fourth day today, authorities said they still do not know when they will be able to reopen a 16-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to an oil spill. A plan to pump oil from a leaking barge […] [...]

River remains closed as oil spill cleanup continues

VICKSBURG — Barges transporting commerce idled among the nearly four-dozen vessels stacked up today along a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River, denied transit as crews feverishly sought to clean up leaking oil spilled in a weekend barge accident. Workers have been skimming oily water around the clock near Vicksburg ever since a barge […] [...]

Auditor subpoenas financial accounts of state agency

BILOXI — The State Auditor’s Office has served a subpoena for access to two key Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ financial accounts. That’s according to a published report. Assistant Attorney General Sandy Chesnut tells The Sun Herald the auditor wants record from an account that holds disaster-relief money and from the Rigs to Reefs account. […] [...]

Shippers tip hat to Corps for keeping river open

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Barge operators are crediting the hustle by stewards of the Mississippi River for averting a potentially crippling shutdown of the vital commerce artery. Shippers say the Army Corps of Engineers has done all it can to keep the river open. Those efforts include ongoing work to rid a stretch of the river […] [...]

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