Covering Louisiana

Aug 13, 2014 6:34 AM by AP

Ship strikes tanker, barge docked on Miss. River

The Coast Guard says a ship lost power and steering and collided with another ship and a barge docked on the Mississippi River near New Orleans.

Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally says the accident happened Tuesday night at a terminal on the river and there were no injuries.

Lally says the outbound Maltese-flagged vessel Flag Gangos struck the Liberian-flagged vessel Pamisos and the barge. He says the crew of a towing vessel was transferring fuel oil from the barge when the barge broke free causing some oil to be discharged into the river from a hose. The hose was immediately shut off.

The Coast Guard has implemented one-way traffic around the terminal near Gretna across the river from New Orleans.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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