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Oil spill closes Port of New Orleans, lower Mississippi

Oil spill closes Port of New Orleans, lower Mississippi
An oil spill from a barge at the weekend has closed the Port of New Orleans and a 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River.

The oil spill was caused when a barge collided with another vessel between New Orleans and Baton Rouge on 22 February.

The United States Coastguard (USCG) said on Sunday that it had completed lightering operations on the damaged barge had been secured. Oil spill response and recovery vessels have been deployed on the river.

“The Captain of the port closed the river from mile marker 90 to mile maker 155 to avoid possible contamination of passing vessels and to reduce the amount of oil spreading further down the river,” the USCG said.