Tug capsized after running onto bulk carrier anchor chain, USA

An inland pusher tug MICHELLE ANNE ran onto anchor chain of bulk carrier IOLCOS UNITY, anchored on Mississippi river between mile markers 224.5 and 226, at around 1100 LT Mar 14. Tug pushing barge capsized and sank, 4 crew went to barge, which remained afloat, and were later picked up, safe and sound. Fuel leak spotted.
Bulk carrier IOLCOS UNITY, IMO 9313058, dwt 74476, built 2006, flag Malta, manager IOLCOS HELLENIC Maritime, Greece.





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.