Mobile River

Science & Health
6:52 am
Fri August 15, 2014

NTSB Issues Report on 2013 Mobile Barge Fire

Fire burns aboard two fuel barges along the Mobile River after explosions sent three workers to the hospital Wednesday April 24, 2013. (AP Photo John David Mercer)

Federal investigators say a 2013 barge fire in Mobile is linked to the facility failing to isolate tank-cleaning operations from potential sources of ignition.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators said in a report that Oil Recovery Company workers were stripping two barges of residual gasoline on April 24, 2013. Investigators say the barges vented flammable vapors during the cleaning process.

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Barge Explosion
4:13 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Coast Guard: Tug Boat Sparked April Barge Explosion

Credit www.uscg.mil

A Coast Guard report says a passing tugboat helped spark the massive explosions that rocked the Mobile River and injured three people in April.

A preliminary report   says workers were cleaning fuel storage tanks on two barges moored at Oil Recovery Co. in Mobile on April 24.

The report says flammable vapors from the barges entered the engine room of the towing boat Safety Runner, causing a brief fire. Investigators believe the flames traveled back to the barges and resulted in the explosions.

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