Upper Mississippi: Sunken barge UM49.5  Updates and Coordinates

RIAC UM49 Conditions and update 31MAY

Sent: Tue 5/31/2022 10:59 AM

The stage at Cape is back up to near 28 feet, the surveyor on site reports the currents near UM49 are faster than they were a few days ago. If you have a tow that slides a lot, please consider a flank just above the wreck site before proceeding down through.

Report from the Surveyor today:

He is estimating they have progressed  from the downriver end of the barge to the midpoint , removing steel to near the river bottom in places. 140 tons removed so far.

Today’s wwag is 15-20JUN to be ready for a final multi-beam survey of the site and report of findings to USACE.

They continue to use one crane dropping a 3.5 ft wide, 12 foot long I beam to perforate the barge and a GPS enabled excavator to remove salvaged steel to a deck barge.

Bernie Heroff

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RIAC UM49 wreck recovery

Sent: Fri 5/27/2022 8:05 AM

I received a report this morning from the surveyor on scene at UM49 that overnight a SB vessel took out the green buoy that was placed upstream and outside of the wreck recovery area. Also that a NB lite boat came within 50 feet of the salvage operations.

Captains please give the salvage area the widest possible berth as you transit.

The red buoys that were set on 18MAY to mark the bar and the greens for a safety buffer for the salvage work are showing on Rosepoint now, there is good water on the reds (Cape -4) . Per today’s forecast, the Cape gage will be above 20 feet until at least 12JUN.

As of yesterday, about 103 tons of the sunk barge has been recovered. The surveyor estimates that a total of 250 tons will need to be removed (the “top layer”) before the full channel is available again. If they continue at the 10 tons/day they’ve been doing the past week, that would be about 11-12JUN to have the top layer removed. And that will leave about 550 tons still on the bottom of the river, at low elevation.

The Rosepoint display with buoys showing:

 

Bernie Heroff
Port Captain
ARTCo
ADM Ag Services and Oilseeds
American River Transportation Co., LLC
PO Box 2889
Saint Louis, MO 63111
t 314 481 8828 / m 314 803 4644
adm.com

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RIAC update to night time tow sizes UMR 49-50 /salvage update

Sent: Wed 5/18/2022 3:40 PM

As info

There are now red buoys on the bar across from the wreck and greens abreast of it, one upstream green lead in buoy. Set in 24 feet with Cape G 27.8  ( Depth = Cape -4 )

Increased tow size for night time 20 SB, 25 NB

No change SB daytime 25 SB, 30 NB

New contact boat: Jim H

Approximately 26 tons of steel has been recovered from the barge, best guess from the salvor  today is 21 more days of salvage. Today’s forecast for Cape is at the bottom of this email.

Bernie Heroff

 

Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 3:13 PM

MSU Paducah has updated BNM 0264 increasing the north and south bound tow sizes for night time transits through the area and also updated the vessel contact information for making passing arrangements.

THE U. S. COAST GUARD CAPTAIN OF THE PORT SECTOR OHIO VALLEY HAS ESTABLISHED AN EMERGENCY SAFETY ZONE ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM MM 49 TO MM 50 EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY ON MAY 8 2022 DUE TO A PARTIALLY SUNKEN CEMENT BARGE ON THE RIGHT DESCENDING BANK AT MILE MARKER 49.5 ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THIS SAFETY ZONE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE BARGE CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY RECOVERED. DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS ALL NORTHBOUND TOWS WILL BE RESTRICTED TO NO MORE THAN 30 BARGES PER TOW, NO GREATER THAN 05 WIDE. ALL SOUTHBOUND TOWS WILL BE RESTRICTED BY HORSEPOWER. TOWS OVER 8000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 5 WIDE, TOWS GREATER THAN 5,000 HORSEPOWER BUT LESS THAN 8,000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 04 WIDE, ANY TOW LESS THAN 5,000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 03 WIDE. DURING NIGHT TIME OPERATIONS MAX TOW SIZE SOUTHBOUND WILL BE 20 BARGES. NORTHBOUND AT NIGHT TIME WILL BE A MAX OF 25 BARGES. WHEN TRANSITING MARINERS SHOULD CONTACT THE ON SCENE TUG JIM H. VIA CHANNEL 13 TO MAKE PASSING ARRANGEMENTS. ALL MARINERS SHALL PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND SHALL NOT PASS, OVERTAKE OR MEET IN THIS AREA. RED FLAG BARGES SHALL BE PLACED IN A PROTECTED LOCATION IN THE TOW PRIOR TO TRANSITING. REPORT NAVIGATIONAL HAZARDS TO THE COAST GUARD IMMEDIATELY VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 16.

CANCEL AT//010600Z JUN 22/

Very Respectfully,

 

MST2 Evan Dawson

MSU Paducah

225 Tully Street

Paducah, KY 42003

(270)442-1621 x2135

 

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RIAC  UM49 salvage update call- NEW TIME

Sent: Wed 5/18/2022 9:23 AM

The Salvor can’t make a call at 1000

Changing the time to 1500 today 18MAY

Call in number 866 528 2256

Access Code 5768407

Bernie Heroff

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RIAC  UM49 salvage update call

Sent: Wed 5/18/2022 8:28 AM

USCG and Salvor updates on salvage

1000 this morning 18MAY

Call in number 866 528 2256

Access Code 5768407

Bernie Heroff
Port Captain
ARTCo
ADM Ag Services and Oilseeds
American River Transportation Co., LLC
PO Box 2889
Saint Louis, MO 63111
t 314 481 8828 / m 314 803 4644
adm.com

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RIAC  Buoys for Sunken Barge UM49 

As info…

Bernie Heroff

 

Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 9:20 PM

We have set buoys at the sunken barge on both side of the river. The BRUCE GIBSON stayed out and showed us exactly where they wanted the two green to mark the barge and we added a “lead in” buoy above and below. We pushed the buoys out on the red side as far as I felt comfortable with to around 24’ deep and we got the channel 200 yards wide. The gauge at Cape G was 27.8. If we loose more than 10’ of water before we get more gear we are going to have to release a BNM for the red side. Please let me know if you have any questions.

BMCS George R. Fleming
Officer in Charge
USCGC CHIPPEWA (WLR 75404)
700 Coast Guard Rd
Buchanan, TN 38222
W: (731) 642-7181
C: (252) 619-0406

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Sent: Monday, May 16, 2022 9:23 AM

As info

Bernie Heroff

 

MSU Paducah has extended the following BNM until June 1st due to ongoing salvage operations at MM 49.5 UMR (BNM# 0264-22)

THE U. S. COAST GUARD CAPTAIN OF THE PORT SECTOR OHIO VALLEY HAS ESTABLISHED AN EMERGENCY SAFETY ZONE ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM MM 49 TO MM 50 EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY ON MAY 8 2022 DUE TO A PARTIALLY SUNKEN CEMENT BARGE ON THE RIGHT DESCENDING BANK AT MILE MARKER 49.5 ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THIS SAFETY ZONE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE BARGE CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY RECOVERED. DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS ALL NORTHBOUND TOWS WILL BE RESTRICTED TO NO MORE THAN 30 BARGES PER TOW, NO GREATER THAN 05 WIDE. ALL SOUTHBOUND TOWS WILL BE RESTRICTED BY HORSEPOWER. TOWS OVER 8000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 5 WIDE, TOWS GREATER THAN 5,000 HORSEPOWER BUT LESS THAN 8,000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 04 WIDE, ANY TOW LESS THAN 5,000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 03 WIDE. DURING NIGHT TIME OPERATIONS MAX TOW SIZE SOUTHBOUND WILL BE 15 BARGES. NORTHBOUND AT NIGHT TIME WILL BE A MAX OF 20 BARGES. WHEN TRANSITING MARINERS SHOULD CONTACT THE ON SCENE TUG JAMES K ELLIS OR TOMBIGBE VIA CHANNEL 16 TO MAKE PASSING ARRANGEMENTS. ALL MARINERS SHALL PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND SHALL NOT PASS, OVERTAKE OR MEET IN THIS AREA. RED FLAG BARGES SHALL BE PLACED IN A PROTECTED LOCATION IN THE TOW PRIOR TO TRANSITING. REPORT NAVIGATIONAL HAZARDS TO THE COAST GUARD IMMEDIATELY VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 16.

 

MST2 Evan Dawson

MSU Paducah

225 Tully Street

Paducah, KY 42003

(270)442-1621 x2135

 

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RIAC UM49 queue 16MAY morning

Sent: May 16, 2022, 8:25 AM

0820 this morning, the last SB is below the wreck site

Starting to run NB, 6 tows waiting

Bernie Heroff

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RIAC UM49 sunk barge transit queue 13MAY

Sent: Friday, May 13, 2022 9:40 AM

The MV Saint Charles is SB at UM53 as of 0930, he will be the last SB tow to transit the wreck site this morning before the Tom Bigbee directs the NB queue to start running north.

No other SB waiting above Cape at this time.

Looks like at least 10 NB tows above UM35 waiting to go up.

Bernie Heroff

 

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RIAC UM49 sunk barge transit queue 13MAY

Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2022 7:02 PM

The plan for Friday morning 13MAY
SB traffic will run first starting at daylight, run until noon or we run out of SB tows, then run NB

New regs: up to 15 barges SB and 20 barges NB can run in either direction after dark

THE U. S. COAST GUARD CAPTAIN OF THE PORT SECTOR OHIO VALLEY HAS ESTABLISHED AN EMERGENCY SAFETY ZONE ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM MM 49 TO MM 50 EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY ON MAY 8 2022 DUE TO A PARTIALLY SUNKEN CEMENT BARGE ON THE RIGHT DESCENDING BANK AT MILE MARKER 49.5 ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THIS SAFETY ZONE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE BARGE CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY RECOVERED. DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS ALL NORTHBOUND TOWS WILL BE RESTRICTED TO NO MORE THAN 30 BARGES PER TOW, NO GREATER THAN 05 WIDE. ALL SOUTHBOUND TOWS WILL BE RESTRICTED BY HORSEPOWER. TOWS OVER 8000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 5 WIDE, TOWS GREATER THAN 5,000 HORSEPOWER BUT LESS THAN 8,000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 04 WIDE, ANY TOW LESS THAN 5,000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 03 WIDE. DURING NIGHT TIME OPERATIONS MAX TOW SIZE SOUTHBOUND WILL BE 15 BARGES. NORTHBOUND AT NIGHT TIME WILL BE A MAX OF 20 BARGES. WHEN TRANSITING MARINERS SHOULD CONTACT THE ON SCENE TUG JAMES K ELLIS OR TOMBIGBE VIA CHANNEL 16 TO MAKE PASSING ARRANGEMENTS. ALL MARINERS SHALL PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND SHALL NOT PASS, OVERTAKE OR MEET IN THIS AREA. RED FLAG BARGES SHALL BE PLACED IN A PROTECTED LOCATION IN THE TOW PRIOR TO TRANSITING. REPORT NAVIGATIONAL HAZARDS TO THE COAST GUARD IMMEDIATELY VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 16.

Bernie Heroff

 

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Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2022 3:45 PM
Please release to all of your Captains,

We increased tow size for night time transits.

My best,
LT Tim Veach
MSU Paducah, KY

THE U. S. COAST GUARD CAPTAIN OF THE PORT SECTOR OHIO VALLEY HAS ESTABLISHED AN EMERGENCY SAFETY ZONE ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM MM 49 TO MM 50 EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY ON MAY 8 2022 DUE TO A PARTIALLY SUNKEN CEMENT BARGE ON THE RIGHT DESCENDING BANK AT MILE MARKER 49.5 ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THIS SAFETY ZONE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE BARGE CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY RECOVERED.

DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS ALL NORTHBOUND TOWS WILL BE RESTRICTED TO NO MORE THAN 30 BARGES PER TOW, NO GREATER THAN 05 WIDE. ALL SOUTHBOUND TOWS WILL BE RESTRICTED BY HORSEPOWER. TOWS OVER 8000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 5 WIDE, TOWS GREATER THAN 5,000 HORSEPOWER BUT LESS THAN 8,000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 04 WIDE, ANY TOW LESS THAN 5,000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 03 WIDE.

DURING NIGHT TIME OPERATIONS MAX TOW SIZE SOUTHBOUND WILL BE 15 BARGES. NORTHBOUND AT NIGHT TIME WILL BE A MAX OF 20 BARGES. WHEN TRANSITING MARINERS SHOULD CONTACT THE ON SCENE TUG JAMES K ELLIS OR TOMBIGBE VIA CHANNEL 16 TO MAKE PASSING ARRANGEMENTS.

ALL MARINERS SHALL PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND SHALL NOT PASS, OVERTAKE OR MEET IN THIS AREA. RED FLAG BARGES SHALL BE PLACED IN A PROTECTED LOCATION IN THE TOW PRIOR TO TRANSITING. REPORT NAVIGATIONAL HAZARDS TO THE COAST GUARD IMMEDIATELY VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 16.

 

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RIAC UPDATED BNM UMR MM 49.5

Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2022 4:35 PM

As info

Bernie Heroff

Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2022 3:45 PM
Please release to all of your Captains,

We increased tow size for night time transits.

My best,
LT Tim Veach
MSU Paducah, KY

THE U. S. COAST GUARD CAPTAIN OF THE PORT SECTOR OHIO VALLEY HAS ESTABLISHED AN EMERGENCY SAFETY ZONE ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM MM 49 TO MM 50 EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY ON MAY 8 2022 DUE TO A PARTIALLY SUNKEN CEMENT BARGE ON THE RIGHT DESCENDING BANK AT MILE MARKER 49.5 ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THIS SAFETY ZONE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE BARGE CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY RECOVERED.

DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS ALL NORTHBOUND TOWS WILL BE RESTRICTED TO NO MORE THAN 30 BARGES PER TOW, NO GREATER THAN 05 WIDE. ALL SOUTHBOUND TOWS WILL BE RESTRICTED BY HORSEPOWER. TOWS OVER 8000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 5 WIDE, TOWS GREATER THAN 5,000 HORSEPOWER BUT LESS THAN 8,000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 04 WIDE, ANY TOW LESS THAN 5,000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 03 WIDE.

DURING NIGHT TIME OPERATIONS MAX TOW SIZE SOUTHBOUND WILL BE 15 BARGES. NORTHBOUND AT NIGHT TIME WILL BE A MAX OF 20 BARGES. WHEN TRANSITING MARINERS SHOULD CONTACT THE ON SCENE TUG JAMES K ELLIS OR TOMBIGBE VIA CHANNEL 16 TO MAKE PASSING ARRANGEMENTS.

ALL MARINERS SHALL PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND SHALL NOT PASS, OVERTAKE OR MEET IN THIS AREA. RED FLAG BARGES SHALL BE PLACED IN A PROTECTED LOCATION IN THE TOW PRIOR TO TRANSITING. REPORT NAVIGATIONAL HAZARDS TO THE COAST GUARD IMMEDIATELY VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 16.

 

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RIAC UM49 queue 12MAY

Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2022 1:42 PM
As info
The next NB tow is 2 hours below the wreck site
The Bigbee is going to run the 4 SB that are waiting above Cape and any that join the tail end of that line, then go back to NB
USCG will make a broadcast

Bernie Heroff

 

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RIAC UM49 sunk barge salvage update call /queue

Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2022 1:07 PM

A call at 1500 today to hear the salvage plan and  touch base on the queue

 

Call in number 866 528 2256

Access Code 5768407

 

The contractor finished setting anchors about 1000 this morning.

The Bigbee then brought down the one SB tow that was above Cape, then went to running the NB queue.

Bernie Heroff

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RIAC UM49 sunk barge queue

Sent: Thu 5/12/2022 8:05 AM

Fog this morning at the work site, at 0730 the salvager  started putting out anchors  to secure his equipment at the wreck site. He estimates 2-3 hours for that work where traffic will need to hold up.

To the best of my knowledge there are no SB tows waiting above Cape, if anyone knows otherwise please reply all for our awareness.

The AIS ATONs were being broadcast already yesterday afternoon. Kudos to Lance and the USACE team.

A screen shot of a vessel flanking SB with 25 loads prior to passing the wreck site:

Bernie Heroff

 

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RIAC queue at UM49 11MAY 1430

Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 2:36 PM

The NB tow Amy Bramlitt is passing the wreck site now and there is a gap to the next NB tow.
We are going to turn around and start taking SB tows again. USCG will announce that on Ch 16. We may be able to flush the SB que that is close and go back to NB before dark tonight.
Reminder 12 barges or less can run after dark in either direction.
The salvager may start doing some work tomorrow morning, working form the Missouri side of the sunk barge so we should be able to continue running traffic as we’ve been doing on the Illinois side.
Tomorrow morning the plan will be (again) to start running SB tows at first daylight.
Tentative for a RIAC call tomorrow at 1330 to get updates on the salvage plan.

 

Bernie Heroff

 

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RIAC queue at UM49 11MAY

Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:15 AM

The last SB that was nearby just cleared, starting NB now, at least 10 in that queue

If the NB queue clears before dark we will run SB again, the waiting spots at Flora Creek and Dusky bar are open, any vessels SB waiting further upstream should move downriver now.

 

Bernie Heroff

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RIAC queue at UM49 11MAY

Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 6:39 AM

This morning there are only four SB tows waiting to go south past the sunk barge at UM49.

The plan as of 0615 is to run those four down then start running NB. There are at least six waiting to go north just below the salvage site

To help visualize the queue, port captains please send me a note with the name of your boats above or below this closure, their tow size and what mile they are at, stopped or underway.

 

Bernie Heroff

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RIAC queue at UM49 10 &11MAY

Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 3:50 PM

As info
We will continue running NB tows until dark tonight, sounds like at least three below UM49 right now not moving real fast.
Though it seems unlikely, if the NB queue clears, SB are free to run if they can be below UM49 before dark. After dark, tows of 12 barges or less are free to transit in either direction.
Tomorrow at daylight we’ll start again with SB tows first and touch base mid to late morning to figure out who the last SB will be before we start north again.
There may be a couple salvage rigs showing up overnight tonight, but at this time the plan is still to run traffic tomorrow morning, SB first.

Bernie Heroff

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RIAC queue at UM49 / test tows good

Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:17 AM

As of 1000 this morning, all the SB tows that were waiting or close by have cleared the sunk barge at UM49. We are now starting to run the NB tows.

It sounds like there are at least eight tows waiting to go north below UM49, individual port captains are reaching out to their vessels to get the queue moving upbound.

Please share widely

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RIAC  queue at UM49 call at 1000    / test tows good
 

Sent: Tue 5/10/2022 9:12 AM

A call at 1000 this morning to assess the queue and decide when to stop running SB and start running NB traffic

Call in number 866 528 2256

Access Code 5768407

 

Test tows this morning.

We had the 5600hp D. Dwaine Stephens go SB with a 20 barge test tow, no issues.

Then the 8000hp Marie Henderick went SB next  with 23 loads, no issues.

Both captains flanked along the edge of the bar as shown in green on a Rosepoint ECS.

 

We are now running any and all SB traffic in the area  that meets the HP requirements in the BNM:

Bernie Heroff

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EMERGENCY SAFETY ZONE ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM MM 49 TO MM 50

Sent: Mon, May 9, 2022 8:06 PM

We ran out of daylight before the 20 barge tow could make his approach on  this area. The 15 barge SB tow on a 5000hp boat had no issues, an easy flank along the bar and past the wreck site. Flanking is strongly recommended for a safe transit.

Tomorrow morning we’ll start with the 20 barge SB tow at first light and continue with SB until noon or the queue is depleted, then turn NB.

Please see the BNM below for details on the current  HP and tow size restrictions.

The first SB tow tomorrow is the D. Dwaine Stephens with 20. If any of you will have a SB at or close to Cape G at sunrise tomorrow  please reply all to this email so Lt Veach and I have awareness of the queue.

Bernie Heroff

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Sent: Monday, May 9, 2022 7:19 PM

As discussed we will run Southbound till noon tomorrow and then Northbound till dark.

LT Tim Veach

THE U. S. COAST GUARD CAPTAIN OF THE PORT SECTOR OHIO VALLEY HAS ESTABLISHED AN EMERGENCY SAFETY ZONE ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM MM 49 TO MM 50 EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY ON MAY 8 2022 DUE TO A PARTIALLY SUNKEN CEMENT BARGE ON THE RIGHT DESCENDING BANK AT MILE MARKER 49.5 ON THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THIS SAFETY ZONE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE BARGE CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY RECOVERED. DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS ALL NORTHBOUND TOWS WILL BE RESTRICTED TO NO MORE THAN 30 BARGES PER TOW, NO GREATER THAN 05 WIDE. ALL SOUTHBOUND TOWS WILL BE RESTRICTED BY HORSEPOWER. TOWS OVER 8000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 5 WIDE, TOWS GREATER THAN 5,000 HORSEPOWER BUT LESS THAN 8,000 HORSEPOWER MAY PUSH BARGES 04 WIDE, ANY TOW LESS THAN 5,000 HORSEPOWER MAY  PUSH BARGES 03 WIDE. DURING NIGHT TIME OPERATIONS MAX TOW SIZE IS 12 BARGES BOTH NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND. WHEN TRANSITING MARINERS SHOULD CONTACT THE ON SCENE TUG JAMES K ELLIS OR TOMBIGBE VIA CHANNEL 16 TO MAKE PASSING ARRANGEMENTS. ALL MARINERS SHALL PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND SHALL NOT PASS, OVERTAKE OR MEET IN THIS AREA. RED FLAG BARGES SHALL BE PLACED IN A PROTECTED LOCATION IN THE TOW PRIOR TO TRANSITING. REPORT NAVIGATIONAL HAZARDS TO THE COAST GUARD IMMEDIATELY VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 16.

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Upper Mississippi: RIAC - Sunk barge UM49.5  Update, Coordinates, Restrictions

Sent: Mon 5/9/2022 4:20 PM

Today we had several NB 15 barge tows and one NB 20 barge tow transit past the sunk barge at UM49.5 without any issues.

About 1700 today we’ll run a 15 barge SB test tow, Assuming that goes well we will run a 20 barge SB test tow also before dark. Overnight tow size for NB and SB will be restricted to 12 barges.

Assuming all the SB test  tows today  report good conditions, we will start running SB tows first tomorrow morning and will plan to pass a 25 barge test tow if one is in the SB queue,

All traffic is passing the sunk barge by running close to the bar on the left descending side.

Tomorrow morning USACE will survey over the wreck and the left side of the channel including the bar so the left side can be marked with AIS ATON.

The salvage rig will arrive about Thursday, then will need a day or two to prepare for salvage.

 

Bernie Heroff

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Sent
: Mon 5/9/2022 4:03 PM

The 290 foot, 13 foot hull, 13 foot coming cement barge is upside down stern upriver, stern resting on the bottom and bow gradually sinking (went underwater before lunch today). Sitting in about 40 feet of water with Cape gage cresting today about 35 feet.

Coordinates:

Upriver, Stern End GPS coordinates:
N37° 15.781’ W89°31.548’

Downriver, Bow End GPS coordinates:
N37° 15.741’ W89°31.527’

A Rosepoint .nob file is attached. If you have Rosepoint installed on your computer and open this file it will place marks on your chart.

It will look like this:

 

North bound tows running along the edge of the bar colored green above saw 30 feet of depth today, Cape 35.

Tomorrow USACE will survey the wreck and the left side of the channel and over the bar to  determine where some AIS ATONs can be placed to mark the left edge of the channel above and below the wreck.

 

Bernie Heroff
Port Captain
ARTCo
ADM Ag Services and Oilseeds
American River Transportation Co., LLC
PO Box 2889
Saint Louis, MO 63111
t 314 481 8828 / m 314 803 4644
adm.com