Marine vessel breaks loose in Bayou Casotte

Marine vessel breaks loose in Bayou Casotte

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Rough weather caused some big problems on the water in Pascagoula Monday night.

According to Jackson County Emergency Services Director Earl Etheridge, a vessel under construction at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula broke loose and was pushed into the Bayou Casotte channel. Company spokeswoman Leslie Rose told WLOX News it happened around 9:15pm when a storm front was passing through.

"Tugboats were immediately activated and the ship was arrested and moored alongside the pier adjacent to Mississippi Phosphates Corporation," said Rose.

Rose confirmed no workers were aboard the vessel when it broke loose and there were no personnel injuries.

"There was some relatively minor damage to the starboard side of the vessel above the waterline which is currently being assessed, but there was no damage below the waterline and no threat of vessel flooding," said Rose.

There was also some damage to the dock. The vessel is now tied to the county dock on east side of Bayou Casotte.

The Coast Guard is investigating.

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