Launch Cost: Free
Destination: Mobile River to look for birds or wildlife that may have been affected by the recent Oil Spill. The oil spill happened at Gulf Coast Asphalt Company.
Distance: 7.5 miles (round trip)
Paddle time: 2 hours
Weather: Temp about 78 degrees, Winds 0-10 mph out of the east. Cloudy. Low tide. Current 0-1 mph. Except for a little gentle rain, tropical storm Lee did not affect this paddle at all.
|Header Image - a motorboat goes blazing by the Coast Guard cutter "Stingray" while a barge moves northward in the river. The Coast Guard wasn't doing too well controlling boat wakes.|
|A little south of the Battleship I stopped for a moment to chat with the Alabama Marine Police who said Mobile River was still closed to river traffic. They said I couldn't miss the Coast Guard who were controlling the Mobile River shut down.|
|As I rounded the Choctaw Pass corner, two tugboats were docking the CMA CGM White Shark container ship. No sign of any river closure yet.|
|Now heading north in Mobile River, the Coast Guard cutter "Stingray" was seen anchored in the middle of the river. Also visible was oil sheen (a small trail seen in this photo) in the middle of the river. What was NOT visible was any sign of oil containment booms. That's odd. I thought the closure of Mobile River was because an oil boom was to be deployed across Mobile River to contain the oil spill from going into Mobile Bay. Guess not.|
|So, I pedaled around near the Coast Guard cutter, through oil sheens, and watched in confusion. Here a motorboat is seen hauling ass down river while a tugboat is moving up river. Huh? Isn't the river closed to all boat traffic?|