The tug Austin C. Settoon in convoy with three barges, carrying approximately 3,780,000 gallons of natural gas condensate, stuck at Racine Locks and Dam of Ohio River near Huntington, West Virginia. The tug out of Louisiana was pushing three barges, but when proceeding through the lock one barge contained in the lock, while the other two barges pinned against gates seven and eight of the dam, with the tug itself pinned against gates six and seven. There were no reported leaks and damages of the tug and barges, but the local authorities initiated immediate resolving of the incident and towing the vessels, releasing the route through the Racine Locks and Dam. The operation is complicated due to the hazardous cargo carried on board of the barges.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. The Racine Lock and Dam is closed and has created a queue of 13 upbound vessels and 11 downbound vessels. Fortunately during the accident with tug Austin C. Settoon and the three barges there were no injuries among the crew.
The tug Austin C. Settoon has overall length of 30.00 m, moulded beam of 10.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m. The vessel is operating under the flag of USA and during the incident was bound to Texas.