USCG Raises and Dewaters Stricken Towing Vessel

Monday March 6, 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sunday announced that the towing vessel, Sonny J, has been raised and dewatered following its partial submersion on the Lower Mississippi River near Vidalia, Louisiana.

Last week, Ship & Bunker reported that USCG personnel were responding to prevent a potential bunker spill related to the partially submerged towing vessel, plugging the vessel's fuel tank vents and deploying a containment boom and sorbent material.

Watchstanders are said to have received a report at about 3 a.m. on February 26 that Sonny J was partially submerged near Vidalia, with approximately 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel onboard.

There is no reports of pollution, and the cause of the incident is under investigation.