Event Report

Deatils of Situation Update

Vehicle Accident in USA on Friday, 06 April, 2012 at 18:50 (06:50 PM) UTC.


Updated: Saturday, 07 April, 2012 at 04:13 UTC
Officials were monitoring the Mississippi River near Marrero for any signs of an oil spill from a tugboat that sank early Friday after hitting a piling. The incident was reported shortly after midnight near Mile Marker 100, according to the Coast Guard. The Altro Donna was pushing eight empty barges downriver when it struck a piling on the tug's starboard side near Commodore Dock in Marrero. The boat began taking on water, but its three crew members were able to escape safely. The barges were secured, officials said. By midday, Coast Guard officials reported a small fuel sheen near the tug. When an oil-spill response team arrived at the scene, crews noticed small pockets of oil or fuel near the vessel. Authorities suspect the sheen may have been caused by materials on the tug's deck when it sank and not the roughly 11,500 gallons of diesel fuel the Altro Donna was carrying, Petty Officer Steve Lehmann said. The vessel also had 52 gallons of lube oil on board. The tug is owned by Octopus Towing in Jefferson. An operator at the company referred questions to the Coast Guard. Lehmann said about 98 percent of the tug is submerged. The Coast Guard is managing maritime traffic near the site, and the area will be cordoned off if cleanup is necessary. In addition to five pollution responders from Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, a response boat and personnel from E&H are also on the scene. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the accident.