Section of the Mississippi closed following collision

Section of the Mississippi closed following collision

The US Coast Guard was forced to close part of the Mississippi River south of Paducah, Kentucky after two tow boats collided late on Wednesday, causing 250,000 gallons of oil to spill. The collision caused damage to a barge containing clarified slurry oil.

There is a five-mile discoloration along the river following the collision.

A safety zone is in place on the river, and currently closed to all traffic except response vessels between mile markers 939-922.

 

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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