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UPDATE 1-Coast Guard shuts part of Mississippi River after oil spill near New Orleans

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April 12 (Reuters) - The United States Coast Guard said on Thursday it had shut part of the Mississippi River after an oil spill near New Orleans.

The river was closed to vessel movement from mile marker 91 to mile marker 101, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The Singapore-flagged vessel Pac Antares, which was carrying silicon and manganese, hit a pier, causing the vessel's diesel fuel to spill, a Coast Guard spokeswoman said.

The vessel was currently moored at Nashville Avenue Wharf and the leak has been plugged, the maritime military service said. (Reporting by Nallur Sethuraman and Nithin Prasad in Bengaluru; Editing by Dan Grebler and Matthew Lewis)