Barge Sinks at Duluth Timber Dock

By KBJR News 1

Barge Sinks at Duluth Timber Dock

March 2, 2012 Updated Mar 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A 120 foot crane barge sank yesterday at the Duluth Timber Dock in the Port of Duluth-Superior.

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth responded to a call of a barge sinking in the Duluth-Superior Port around 3:00 a.m Thursday morning.

The owner of the barge "Faith" said that there were no hazardous materials on board, except a 1,000 gallon liquefied propane gas tank. The gas tank was found floating in the water above the deck and was still attached to the barge by the fuel line.

The Coast Guard coordinated with the Duluth Fire Department, NOAA scientific support and state and local authorities to establish a 100 meter exclusion zone around the sunken barge and remove the propane tank.

The propane tank was removed by 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The tank sustained no damage and no leaks were detected.

Authorities say they do have a plan in place to remove the barge from the Timber Dock, however they have not said when they will remove it. For right now, the sunken barge is not a hazard for navigation since the barge is still partially visible alongside the private pier.

The barge remains at the bottom of the bay and an investigation is underway to find out what caused the vessel to sink.

Lt. Edward Mosley, a United States Coast Guard, says, "Due to the location of where the vessel actually sank, it's partially visible and it has been determined that that location not to be a hazard to navigation. So at the current time, there are salvage plans in place for removal."

The Coast Guard’s investigation of this incident remains ongoing.

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