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USA | 2021-Feb-21

Initial Notification: On February 21, 2021, the USCG Marine Safety Detachment in Nashville, TN, notified the NOAA SSC of a barge caught against a railroad bridge pier on the Tennessee River. The ITV BEARCAT was pushing 8 hopper barges upbound at MM 591.5 TNR (Loudon, TN (just north of Route 11 bridge) when they stalled due to a strong head current just after passing under the Southern R/R Bridge (LLNR 30375) and the master lost control. The tow began to top around and laid up against the bridge piers (upstream side). The tow is not blocking the channel. USCG Sector Ohio requested (and NOAA SSC provided) hazard analysis on cargo and may request assistance with consultation, RAR, etc. pending further development of the incident.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Chemical
Latitude (approximate): 35° 44.82′ North
Longitude (approximate): 84° 19.91′ West