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Inverted Barge, MM130; Mississippi River, near Killona, LA

Mississippi River, near Killona, LA | 2016-Jan-26

Initial Notification: On January 26, 2016, the USCG notified the NOAA SSC of a collision between two tows in vicinity of Mile Marker 130 on the lower Mississippi River. One of the tows included two (2) barges with cargoes of caustic soda (sodium hydroxide, NaOH), one of which capsized. USCG requested initial chemical hazard assessment for the known contents of the overturned barge.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Chemical
Products of concern:Caustic Soda (50% sodium hydroxide NaOH)
Total amount at risk of spill: 10,000 barrels
Latitude (approximate): 29° 59.64′ North
Longitude (approximate): 90° 25.32′ West