Cement barge runs aground in Hudson River

The following is the text of a news report from the Poughkeepsie Journal:

(HYDE PARK, N.Y.) — A barge carrying 6,000 tons of cement that ran aground along the Hyde Park shoreline this morning has been freed and is back under way, Coast Guard officials said.

The barge, the Alexandra, ran aground at 12:30 a.m. Friday as it was making its way north along the river.

It was freed with the help of two tugboats and shifting tides about 12 hours later.

The accident resulted in no pollution in the Hudson, according to Coast Guard spokesman Charles Rowe.

"It was not a complicated process," Rowe said. "No equipment needed to be brought in. And since she was not blocking the navigation channel and there was no pollution, there was not an overwhelming sense of urgency."

The barge was assisted by two 3,900-horsepower tugboats, the Joan Turecamo and the Brendan Turecamo, owned by Moran Towing Corporation of New Canaan, Conn.

Rowe said an investigation will determine why the barge ran aground.

By Professional Mariner Staff