Marine Accident Brief: Contact of Cooperative Spirit Tow with Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge Pier, March 15, 2020

On March 15, 2020, about 0113 local time, the towing vessel Cooperative Spirit, pushing a 29-barge tow, was transiting downstream on the Lower Mississippi River at mile 121.6 near Luling, Louisiana, when the port side of the tow struck the eastern tower pier of the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge. The tow broke apart and began floating downriver. One of the barges sank, while the remaining barges were recovered by the Cooperative Spirit and other towing vessels in the area. No pollution or injuries were reported. Multiple barges in the tow, along with other barges moored along the river banks that were struck by drifting barges, were damaged and required repairs. Two barges were determined to be total constructive losses. The estimated cost of damages to the barges and cargo was $1.65 million. ​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the contact of the Cooperative Spirit tow with a pier of the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge was the pilot not effectively compensating for the strong current while navigating a turn and approaching the bridge in high-water conditions.


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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01766672
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/MAB-21/05, Accident ID: DCA20FM015
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 1 2021 11:45AM