Tanker refloated after grounding off New York

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(NEW YORK) — The oil tanker that ran aground in the Ambrose Channel late Friday afternoon has been cleared to depart New York after the vessel passed its Coast Guard inspection process on Saturday afternoon.

Crews at Sector New York received the survey from divers reporting no pollution or significant damage to the oil tanker at approximately 4 p.m. Saturday.

The vessel was then allowed to continue its transit out from Gravesend Bay.

On Friday at approximately 5:15 p.m., the Panama-flag vessel Kamome Victoria notified the Coast Guard that it had run aground while transiting outbound approximately five miles south of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

The cause of the grounding is still under investigation.

By Professional Mariner Staff