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Barge accident spills oil, closes stretch of Mississippi River

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. Coast Guard says an oil tanker barge collided with another barge on the Mississippi River, spilling oil and leading officials to close a five-mile stretch of the river. Officials say the collision happened around 2 a.m. today about 50 miles upriver from New Orleans. The wreck tore a gash into the double-hulled tank of the ...

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Inland Salvage re-floats sunken river barges

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Inland Salvage Inc. of New Orleans recently fought with high-current Mississippi River conditions to re-float a sunken coal barge near Lake Providence, La. The barge was fully loaded and headed south when it went down in March of this year. Having been on the river bottom this long, the barge was partially buried in river sediment. The ...

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Coast Guard closes Natchez port due to flooding river

NATCHEZ — Record flooding has caused authorities to close the Mississippi River at the port in Natchez because barge traffic could put more pressure on the levees. Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough said the port was closed Monday, leaving two vessels waiting to head north and one waiting to go south. The U.S. economy could face a bill running ...

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Corps working to keep traffic flowing on flooded Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has moved in a fifth dredge to dig sediment out of the Southwest Pass, a major shipping connection between the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River. A high river brings down a huge amount of sediment and the dredges are employed to keep the 45-foot channel needed for deep-draft shipping. ...

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Cochran questions river maintenance budget

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is seeking insight into how the Army Corps of Engineers will set priorities for maintaining Mississippi river shipping lanes and harbors in light of reduced federal funding. Cochran serves on the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee that conducted a hearing April 13 on the FY2012 budget requests for the Army ...

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Coast Guard finally removes barge from river bridge

VICKSBURG — A damaged barge has been removed from the Interstate 20 bridge on the Mississippi River. The wayward barge crashed into a bridge support March 23. The United States Coast Guard had tried several methods to remove it, but all had been unsuccessful before yesterday. It was finally removed with cranes and chains that pulled the barge away from ...

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Towboat company pleads guilty in oil spill case

NEW ORLEANS — A company whose towboat was involved in a crash with a tanker that caused a major oil spill on the Mississippi River two years ago pleaded guilty yesterday to operating vessels with unqualified and overworked captains. DRD Towing Co., a company based a few miles upriver from the French Quarter, pleaded guilty to violating the Ports and ...

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