Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Speaking of Threats to the River . . .

Gossips has just received word that an oil barge has run aground just off Dutchman's Landing in Catskill. The State Police, the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Coast Guard are all on the scene. There is also word that Governor Andrew Cuomo may be on his way to the site.

Photo: Nick Zachos
Update: TV news indicates the barge is carrying gasoline not oil. Here are the links to coverage on Channel 6, Channel 10, Channel 13, and WAMC.


  1. From my observation there and a few chats with officials at the scene, they ran up on channel edge due to fog this morning. They were approximately 20 yards from marker 121 and did not run up on rocks (riprap) at base of marker (area is all mud). These gasoline barges have been running up to Albany for decades transporting home heating fuel and gasoline to the region for distribution from the Albany area. More over the past 20-30 years, transport to Albany for distribution is more frequent since most riverfront towns including Hudson have dismantled their oil/gasoline tanks and developed parks, etc for public use. After 6 July 1996 barges require meeting double hull and double bottom standards. This is from The International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulation 13 F of Annex 1 of MARPOL. Best to await official NTSB report after they investigate fully instead of arm chair quarterback.

  2. "A barge ... veer[ed] off course and [struck] rocks Tuesday morning, according to state officials." R-S