Tugs collision, 3 missing, sulfuric acid vapor release, Mississippi

Tug COOPERATIVE SPIRIT at around 0530 LT Jan 26 collided with tug CREPPEL, which was pushing 2 barges laden with sulfuric acid, near 123 mile mark, Luling, Mississippi river. Tug CREPPEL sank after collision, 1 crew rescued and 3 went missing. Tug COOPERATIVE SPIRIT was badly damaged, one of barges with sulfuric acid was also damaged, releasing an unknown amount of acid vapor into the air. A number of responsible agencies are responding to accident consequences.
Tug RC CREPPEL, MMSI 367546430, length 22 meters, flag USA.
Tug COOPERATIVE SPIRIT, MMSI 366984350, GT 1309, flag USA.



My name is Nikolay Torkin, I’m Merchant Marine Master, presently in command of feeder container ship trading in South East Asia. My family lives in Prague, Czech Republic. Mikhail provides me with daily accidents reports, I send him information with regards to accidents and container ships.