The tanker-barge RTC 150 being pushed by the 38 meter long, 195 dwt towboat Meredith C. Reinauer ran aground on the Hudson River near Catskill, New York. The tanker-barge, loaded with 2.5 million gallons of gasoline, had run onto the rocks some 30 feet from the navigation channel in 6 feet of water. No reports of injuries.
Local and state authorities along with the Coast Guard arrived on scene. While no signs of pollution being released, authorities decided that the cargo of gasoline should be lightered onto another tanker-barge before any attempts to refloat the RTC 150. The lighter operations were completed later the same day. The Coast Guard then inspected the RTC 15o for damage.
With no signs of damage and no pollution released, the RTC 150 was refloated. The barge was towed to Albany where it will undergo further inspection.
Reports state the cause of the grounding may be due to the foggy weather. However, the report also states the Meredith C. Reinauer was enabled with GPS navigation.
State authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On June 3, the barge DBL165-1 ran aground on the Kongiganak River near Bethel, Alaska. The barge, loaded with 190 tons of jet fuel, 60 tons of diesel and 3 tons of gasoline was being pushed by the tug Nanchik when it grounded on a mud flat. Initial attempts to refloat the barge at high tide failed. A Coast Guard plane conducted a flight over the vessel and found no damage was found to the tanks or the hull. Reports state the majority of the fuel on board was lightered to another vessel. Authorities plan on doing an onsite assessment and monitor the situation. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports also stated the Kongiganak’s main channel changes quite often and that a skiff would travel in front of the barge to check the river depths.
The 110 meter long self propelled tanker-barge Fint ran aground on the Rhine River near Bad Honnef, Germany. The Fint was en route to Godorf from Mannheim when it ran up onto a crib. The Fint remained aground for a few days when a tug and two other barges arrived on scene. The first attempt to refloat the Fint failed, but a few hours later the Fint was pulled free. The Fint was inspected and allowed to proceed to a shipyard in Duisburg where the hull could be inspected further. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The water police has launched an investigation into the incident.