A barge sank on the Chao Phraya River in the Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province of Thailand. The barge had a cargo of 2,300 tons of sugar which was release into the river. The sugar quickly dissolves and causes the oxygen levels in the river to drop. The Pollution Control Department states the dissolved oxygen level in the river is at 1.9 mg/litre which is much lower than the normal levels of 3 to 6 mg/litre. Also, the barge rests in a narrow section of the river which has stopped river traffic. Clean up operations are being conducted and hopes that rainfall and water released by a dam upriver will restore the water quality. Authorities are demanding the barge to be removed quickly as possible.
The Leo Kerner Bridge which connects the towns of Jean Lafitte and Barataria, Lousiana was significantly damaged when a tugboat Julie Marie pushing two barges struck it. The barges loaded with limestone hit the bridge with enough force to knock the swing bridge off its axle. All vehicle traffic has been stopped until emergency repairs could be made in a few days. The Leo Kerner Bridge, also known as the route 302 bridge, is the only connection between the two communities. Two ferries are able to transport passengers while the towns charter taxi and bus service until the bridge is fixed. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.