Towboat remains in jeopardy in the Mississippi River in Kentucky

Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley watchstanders were notified on Monday, April 17, 2017, that the Todd Brown was sinking. As of Friday afternoon, the 80’x28′, 2,000-hp towboat continues at risk along the right descending bank of the Lower Mississippi River at mile marker 940 near Columbus, Ky., the Coast Guard said. The towboat is owned by Ingram Barge Co.

A unified command has been established, made up of the Coast Guard, Ingram, the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. At approximately 9 a.m. Friday less than 100 gallons of diesel fuel was discharged from the vessel. Members from SWS Environmental Services contained the spill and a dive team secured the source. Shoreline assessments have been conducted 6 miles downriver and crews observed no signs of pollution.

Salvage equipment, crews, and divers are on scene to recover the troubled vessel. There are currently no restrictions to commercial or recreational vessel traffic due to the incident.The towboat has approximately 17,500 gals. of diesel fuel, 150 gals. lube oil, and 150 gals. hydraulic oil onboard. Aerial assessments 70 miles down river and shoreline assessments six miles down river have been conducted and no signs of pollution were observed. Boom has been deployed to mitigate a pollution release.

An investigation into the cause of the sinking continues.

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Ken Hocke

Ken Hocke has been the senior editor of WorkBoat since 1999. He was the associate editor of WorkBoat from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, he was the editor of the Daily Shipping Guide, a transportation daily in New Orleans. He has written for other publications including The Times-Picayune. He graduated from Louisiana State University with an arts and sciences degree, with a concentration in English, in 1978.

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