NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
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NTSB SENDS GO TEAM TO INVESTIGATE TANKER-FUEL BARGE COLLISION AND OIL SPILL ON MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN NEW ORLEANS

July 23, 2008

The National Transportation Safety Board has dispatched a Go Team to investigate the collision of an oil tanker and a fuel barge causing an oil spill on the Mississippi River near New Orleans.

At 1:30 AM CDT, the Liberian-flagged oil tanker TINTOMARA collided with a U.S.-flagged fuel barge DM932 on the Mississippi River near downtown New Orleans. An estimated 375,000 gallons of oil spilled from the barge into the river. The oil tanker was not damaged. The barge is partially submerged and is being kept in place by tugboats. No injuries have been reported.

NTSB Marine Safety Investigator Tom Roth-Roffy has been designated as Investigator-in-Charge and will lead a team of six investigators. NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker is traveling to New Orleans and will serve as principal spokesman for the on-scene investigation. Keith Holloway will accompany the team as press officer.

Keith Holloway may be reached on his cell phone, 202-557-1350, when he arrives in New Orleans this afternoon.

NTSB Press Contacts:

202-557-1350 (Keith Holloway, New Orleans)
202-314-6100 (Washington)

 

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.