Gas barge refloated after grounding in Hudson River (UPDATE)


The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(NEW YORK) — A barge that ran aground Tuesday morning near Catskill, N.Y., refloated with the tide later that evening.

After visual inspections, the tug, Meredith Reinauer, continued its journey northward in the pre-dawn hours Wednesday morning and arrived in Albany at approximately 7 a.m. Another tug, Mary Kay, served as an escort.

At this time, there are no signs of pollution as a result of this grounding.

The safety zone restrictions that were in place have now been lifted.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

Involved in the response were:

• Aids to Navigation Team-Saugerties
• Coast Guard cutter Katherine Walker
• Pollution responders and marine casualty investigators from Sector New York
• New York State Police Aviation
• New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


(NEW YORK) — The Coast Guard is responding to the grounding of a barge in the Hudson River near Catskill, N.Y., on Tuesday.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., a northbound tug, Meredith Reinauer, was pushing the barge when it ran aground on the west side of the river.

There are 60,000 barrels of refined gasoline aboard the barge that ran aground.

At this time, it appears that there is no product leaking into the water and the barge’s tanks were not punctured in the incident. There are no reported injuries.

Crewmembers from Aids to Navigation Team-Saugerties are on scene and providing assistance to the crew on the barge.

Pollution response teams and investigation officials from Sector New York are en route to the scene. Coast Guard cutter Katherine Walker is also sailing to the scene. An aviation team will make a flyover of the area once weather permits.

Broadcasts are being made to mariners transiting the river. A safety zone has been established around the vessel. State and local agencies are also on scene.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

By Professional Mariner Staff