Nine people were evacuated when tug Eric Haney sank in the upper Mississippi River in North America. Diesel from the tug discharged into the river but SWS Environmental Services contained the spill using booms.
According to North American reports, the tug sank near Cairo, Illinois, with 1,600 gallons of lube oil and 79,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. The US Coast Guard, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Tennessee Valley Towing responded to the inland waterway accident.
The crew of nine were rescued and divers identified the source of the oil spillage and secured it. The cause of the accident is under investigation and the waterway has reopened to commercial vessel traffic.
In another part of North America, the US Coast Guard has overseen the raising of a tug that sank in May this year. Crosby Tug’s 1978-built vessel Crosby Commander sank 30 nautical miles south of Marsh Island, in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana. Three seafarers escaped on a lifeboat, but one crew member was never found.
According to Vesseltracker.com, Crosby Commander was recovered on 11 July by a crane barge.
There have been a series of tug sinkings in North America this year, as reported on tugtechnologyandbusiness.com. This includes Ingram Barge Co’s tugboat Todd Brown, which sank in the Mississippi River, near Columbus in Kentucky, in April, and Sunny J which sank near Vidalia, Louisiana in February.