Coast Guard closing section of Mississippi River to free barge

(EAST MOLINE, Ill.) — The U.S. Coast Guard is overseeing the salvage Monday of a barge that grounded in the Mississippi River while carrying 4,800 tons of anhydrous ammonia, the Quad-City Times reported. Kirby Inland Marine will transfer the ammonia from Barge 20851, if necessary, to ensure the vessel can be safely refloated. Locks and Dam 14 and 15 will be closed to traffic during operations, according to the Coast Guard. The towing vessel Zeus was pushing two barges south on Sept. 3 when the incident occurred near Campbell’s Island.

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By Professional Mariner Staff