NEWS BITTS – Coast Guard issues safety alert in wake of Mississippi oil spill

In the wake of July SSR’s collision between a barge tow and tanker on the Mississippi River, the Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Alert reminding the inland towing industry to properly man their vessels with adequate numbers of qualified and licensed crewmembers. The Coast Guard said that failure to properly man a vessel could result in significant penalties and fines, and costly civil litigation.

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