Authorities conducting salvage, clean-up operations after dredging barge overturns in Charleston harbor

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 12:41 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 5:54 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Coast Guard along with state and local port agencies responded to a 120-foot dredge barge that capsized in the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina early Wednesday morning.

A report by the Coast Guard stated that the barge,”Capt. Leo II,” has a reported maximum potential of 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board.

Marcol Dredging Company deployed boom around the barge to minimize environmental impacts, the report stated. There were no persons aboard the Capt Leo II when it capsized.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders said they received a call at 3:34 a.m. from the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina staff stating the dredge barge rolled over on its side in the marina. A Coast Guard Station Charleston 29-foot Response Boat–Small boat crew then responded to assess the situation.

“Rapid response is critical to minimizing environmental impact,” said Lt. Emily Trudeau, Incident Management Division Chief. “The safety of responders is also a top priority. A safe operation ensures an efficient operation.”

On-scene partner agencies are coordinating salvage and clean-up operations with the Marcol Dredging Company, Coast Guard officials said.

Partner agencies involved in the response include:

  • Town of Mount Pleasant Fire Department
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Moran Environmental Response

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