The 528-foot tanker Torm Mary is safely moored at the Irving Pier and there are no reports of pollution at this time.
Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor dispatched a 25-foot response boat crew at 11:19 p.m., after receiving a phone call from Moran Tugs reporting that the Torm Mary’s stern had struck the bottom of the river.
Marine Safety Detachment Portsmouth Harbor sent a marine casualty investigator and inspector and a pollution investigator to the tanker to determine the extent of the damage.
The tanker crew has been instructed to stay in port until a dive survey and an inspection can be completed by a risk management company.
Drug and alcohol tests were conducted on the involved parties and produced negative results.
â€œOur biggest concern at this point is pollution,â€ said Lt. Dan Satterfield, officer in charge of the Marine Safety Detachment Portsmouth Harbor. â€œWe will work with the tanker’s crew to ensure the vessel is structurally sound before it leaves port.”