Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Barges at McAlpine

You've probably heard about the accident at McAlpine. No sooner had the mess at Markland been cleared up than this occurred at the next dam down.

From the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Coast Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Towing Company, the responsible party, are responding to a tug and barge accident on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky, Wednesday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report at approximately 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, that the towing vessel Debbie Graham, which was pushing 15 loaded coal barges, made contact with the 2nd Street Bridge on the Ohio River.
The contact caused the vessel’s 15 barges to break free.
Six barges have been recovered.
The Army Corps of Engineers reported nine barges are laying on the dam just above the falls and one may be capsized.
The Coast Guard is working with the Army Corps of Engineers and the responsible party to plan and direct response efforts using a variety of resources.
The Coast Guard closed the Ohio River to all vessel traffic from Twelve Mile Island to McAlpine Lock and Dam.
The Indiana Department of Transportation also completed inspection of the 2nd Street Bridge and reported it is for vehicle traffic.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
For more information please contact the Sector Ohio Valley public affairs officer, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Metz, at (502) 715-1429.

The Courier-Journal of Louisville posted this photo gallery