The following is the text of a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard:
(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — The Coast Guard responded after a 700-foot barge broke free from its mooring near downtown Jacksonville, Fla., at approximately 8 p.m., Wednesday.
Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center received notification from Crowley Marine that the 700-foot barge Miami broke loose from its mooring and sideswiped the Crowley Terminal pier and the tugboats Ensign and Patriarch.
According to Crowley, the barge broke free of its mooring as a result of severe weather in the area.
A Coast Guard investigator and the Sector Jacksonville chief of inspections arrived at the scene at 11 p.m.
No injuries or pollution was reported. The pier and tugs were reported to have sustained minimal damage following the accident. The barge Miami was moved to a local repair facility.