U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
Contact: 8th District Public Affairs
Barges removed from lock and dam after barge break away
NEW ORLEANS – The two barges that were pinned to
the Racine Lock and Dam after a barge break away were removed, Sunday.
At approximately 12:00 p.m. the motor vessel
M.K. McNally towed the two barges from the dam and placed them in the auxiliary
lock chamber for an initial survey prior to being towed by the motor vessel
Alabama to Amherst Madison facility in Henderson, West Virginia.
Saturday, the motor vessel Austin C. Settoon was
dewatered after being recovered and transferred from Racine Locks to Amherst
Madison facility by the motor vessel Alabama.
The unified command consists of the Coast Guard,
Army Corps of Engineers, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection,
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the responsible party, Settoon Towing
The Coast Guard received a report that the motor
vessel Austin C. Settoon, pushing three barges loaded with approximately
3,780,000 gallons of natural gas condensate, allided with the lock wall at
approximately 5:30 a.m., Thursday. Two barges, along with the towing vessel,
subsequently broke away to rest along the dam. The third barge was retained
within the lock chamber.
There have been no reports of injuries or
The cause of the incident is under