Tug, barge refloated after grounding in Delaware Bay

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

(PHILADELPHIA) — The Coast Guard responded to a tug and barge that went aground Friday off Wilmington, Del.

The tug and barge have been safely refloated.

The tugboat Miss Gill was pushing the tank barge Delaware, carrying approximately 1.3 million gallons of asphalt, when they ran aground Friday morning.

No injuries or pollution were reported as a result of the grounding.

Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia arrived on scene, and Kirby Offshore Marine, the company that owns the barge, developed a salvage plan.

"The Coast Guard is committed to ensuring public safety and environmental stewardship," said Capt. Scott Anderson, the deputy commander of Sector Delaware Bay. "Our people are highly trained to respond to these types of situations and mitigate potential hazards."

The cause of the grounding is under investigation.

By Professional Mariner Staff