Coast Guard monitors salvage operations in Intracoastal Waterway near Berwick



The Coast Guard reports it has reopened the Intracoastal Waterway near Berwick, La. to vessel traffic after the completion of salvage operations Friday.


The Coast Guard reports it is monitoring salvage operations involving a sunken rock barge in the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway near Berwick, La.

The steel barge, along with more than 1,600 tons of aggregate rock cargo, are being recovered from the location through day and night operations so the waterway can be reopened as quickly as possible.

“The location of the wreck is in a particularly critical point along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, as it is adjacent to the intersection with the Atchafalaya River, a meeting point for two major shipping channels, along which most of the gulf’s maritime commerce transits,” Lt. Commander Zach Robertson, the prevention department head at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City, said. “This area is unusually challenging to navigate this time of year due to seasonal high water levels and rapidly changing currents.”

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