Barge exit delayed again as safety tests drag on

Chattanooga barge staying one day more, official says

The Casey barge is prepared for removal on Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015, in Chattanooga.

A towboat has arrived to rid a derelict barge from Chattanooga's waterfront, but workers plan to spend an extra day doing tests on the vessel before pulling out Thursday morning if all goes well.

Officials previously said the barge would leave today.

Also, workers are coordinating with TVA to raise the water level on the Tennessee River so the tests can be run, said Harry Phillips, who is corrdinating the effort on the barge.

Gulfstream Enterprises, a Biloxi, Miss., company, has been commissioned to move the barge. Plans are to take it down the Tennessee River to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and then to Mobile Bay. Ultimately, the barge is expected to wind up at a small shipyard belonging to Gulfstream in Biloxi where it may be scrapped.