Dredge barge capsizes at Charleston marina

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(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — The U.S. Coast Guard and state and local port partners are responding to the 120-foot dredge barge Capt. Leo II that capsized in the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina on Wednesday.

The dredge barge has a reported maximum potential of 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. Marcol Dredging Co. deployed boom around the barge to minimize environmental impacts. There was no one aboard Capt. Leo II when it capsized.

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U.S. Coast Guard photo

Coast Guard Sector Charleston watch standers received a call at 3:34 a.m. from the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina staff stating the dredge barge rolled over on its side in the marina. The watch standers directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Charleston 29-foot response boat crew to assess the situation.

“Rapid response is critical to minimizing environmental impact,” said Lt. Emily Trudeau, incident management division chief. “The safety of responders is also a top priority. A safe operation ensures an efficient operation.”

On-scene partner agencies are coordinating salvage and cleanup operations with the Marcol Dredging.

Partner agencies involved in the response include the Mount Pleasant Fire Department, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and Moran Environmental Response.

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Professional Mariner Staff