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Barges Break Free from Tow Vessel, Ohio River MM 605, near Louisville, KY

Ohio River near Louisville, KY, USA | 2023-Mar-29

Initial Notification: On March 28, 2023, the Inspected towing vessel (ITV) QUEEN CITY was pushing 11 barges; 4 red flag (3 empty soy oil & 1 loaded methanol/1400 net tons) and 7 loaded hoppers (corn). The second barge in the starboard string (corn) struck the cell at the McAlpine Van Dyke light and broke the entire tow apart. Ten barges floated down toward the McAlpine dam. The USCG Sector Louisville contacted the NOAA SSC (Mobile) and requested hazard analysis and fate and effects for a potential worst-case discharge. No discharge has been reported.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Chemical
Products of concern:Methanol
Total amount at risk of spill: 1400 tons
Latitude (approximate): 38° 16.97′ North
Longitude (approximate): 85° 46.85′ West