Towing vessel, with crude oil barges, partially sinks near Mobile

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(MOBILE, Ala.) — Three members of the Coast Guard’s Gulf Strike Team are assisting with the salvage Wednesday of a motor vessel that took on water in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway near Mobile, Ala.

The Motor Vessel Captain Jerry Ogeron was towing two barges containing a combined 1,848,000 gallons of crude oil condensate when it took on water at the stern Tuesday, causing a severe list.

The GST members are reviewing the salvage plan with Coast Guard Sector Mobile and will provide salvage operations oversight. A salvage company is en route to the scene.

For more information about the Coast Guard’s Gulf Strike Team, please contact the Public Information Assist Team at (252) 331-6000 or visit

By Professional Mariner Staff