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Towing Vessel Aground, Mile Marker 659, Mississippi River, Helena-West Helena, AR

Helena-West Helena, AR, USA | 2022-Sep-16

Initial Notification: On September 22, 2022, the USCG Sector Lower Mississippi River contacted the NOAA SSC regarding an ITV (Inspected Towing Vessel) that had run aground in the vicinity of mile marker 659 on the MS River. The vessel had taken water on in the engine room but was reported as stable. No reports of pollution discharge. The vessel is carrying 95,000 gallons of marine diesel and 1,180 gals of lube oil. NOAA SSC provided information on river conditions and resources at risk (no identified water intakes immediately downstream in the vicinity). USCG requested assisting vessel for salvage operations and is now underway from Paducah, KY

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:diesel and lube
Total amount at risk of spill: 96180 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 34° 28.85′ North
Longitude (approximate): 90° 35.40′ West