February 25, 2004
Southwest Pass reopens
The U.S. Coast Guard reopened the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River at 1.00 p.m. today to one-way maritime traffic.
The decision to reopen the Southwest Pass came after salvage teams had removed the capsized OSV Lee III.
The 178-foot OSVsank soon after it and the Zim Mexico III, a 534-foot Antiguan-flagged cargo ship, collided at about 5:20 a.m. Saturday in the Mississippi Delta, about 60 miles south of New Orleans. Five OSV crew members were lost.
Details of the extensive salvage and remedial efforts made are available at http://www.d8publicaffairs.com