The Coast Guard continues to respond to the oil spill in the lower Mississippi River near mile marker 436 in Vicksburg, Miss. The spill occurred when a Nature's Way Marine LLC vessel struck a railroad bridge at Vicksburg. Ironically, Nature's Way was involved in the BP oil spill cleanup.
At 10:05 a.m. CT today, crews removed fuel from the damaged barge after reconfiguring oil-pump equipment, according to a Coast Guard press release issued out of Vicksburg earlier this evening.
The Guard says that following completion of the oil removal operations the damaged barge, which apparently has been moved somewhat upriver from the collision site, will be inspected and prepared for transit to a Vicksburg maritime facility.
Five thousand, three hundred feet of boom to contain any potential oil releases have been deployed, and skimming vessels have recovered approximately 8,400 gallons of oil-water mixture since the incident occurred.
Vessel transit through the area remains limited, as 315 barges are still in a queue waiting to pass.
The unified command consists of representatives from the Coast Guard, state on-scene coordinators from Miss. and La. and the towing vessel owners, Nature's Way Marine LLC.