A collision involving a loaded tanker, the ‘Tofteviken’, and the ‘Polaris’, a commercial fishing vessel, has been reported by the US Coast Guard (USCG) in New York.
The collision took place during the evening of May 13, 2018 — 30 miles southeast of Bridgehampton, New York as the Tofteviken was transiting to New York while the Polaris was transiting back to its homeport in Massachusetts after a night of fishing.
The Polaris, an 84-foot steel vessel built in 2007, sustained damage to its bow and outrigger, but the ship was able to return to its homeport safely with no reported injuries to the seven people aboard.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector New York
The Tofteviken suffered an approximate 30-foot gash along its portside hull (pictured above), but also had no reports of injuries, and will remain anchored until the USCG can determine that it can safely continue its journey to the port after investigating and reviewing class reports.
In a statement, the USCG said: “Coast Guard marine inspectors and investigators are investigating the cause of the collision and assessing the damage to the Tofteviken’s hull, and to ensure appropriate repairs are completed.”