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Tow strikes Miss. bridge, spills oil; river closure delays 1,000 barges

Tow strikes Miss. bridge, spills oil; river closure delays 1,000 barges

Two barges carrying crude oil on the Mississippi River struck a railroad bridge at Vicksburg, Miss., breaching a tank on one of the vessels and causing an oil spill that prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to close a 16-mile stretch of the waterway.

May 2013
Tank barge’s hull breached, causing oil spill in N.Y. waterway

Tank barge’s hull breached, causing oil spill in N.Y. waterway

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating how the hull of a fuel barge was breached, spilling about 20,000 gallons of oil into the Kill Van Kull off Staten Island, N.Y.

May 2013
Setting autopilot without fixing tug’s position cited among the factors in Alaska grounding

Setting autopilot without fixing tug’s position cited among the factors in Alaska grounding

The captain of a tugboat that struck an Alaska reef admits playing computer games while the boat was on its collision course.

October/November 2012

Oncoming tows collide on Mississippi River, spilling oil from barge

About 6,800 gallons of crude oil spilled into the Lower Mississippi River after two barges collided near Reserve, La.

June/July 2012

NTSB cites sheering and pilot fatigue in Port Arthur collision and oil spill

March 2012

Hopper dredge ruptures natural gas pipeline in La. ship channel

The Calcasieu Ship Channel was closed for nearly 24 hours after a dredge pierced a sub-sea natural gas pipeline.

August 2011

Coast Guard criticizes divided command, flag state in Deepwater Horizon disaster

The U.S. Coast Guard's preliminary report on the Deepwater Horizon disaster signals possible reforms to maritime-oriented regulations governing Gulf of Mexico oil activity.

August 2011

Refusal of shipyards to take leaking barge complicates salvage

June/July 2011

Barge flips, loses its load of scrap metal in Pacific Ocean

August 2010

Diesel fuel spills after twisted I-beam pierces ro-ro ship's hull

August 2010
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