MOL tanker cleared to depart New York after grounding

An oil products tanker that ran aground briefly in the shipping channel between New York and New Jersey did not spill any of its load and has been cleared to continue its journey.

The 2011-built Kamome Victoria was in the Ambrose Channel off Sandy Hook and Queens when it ran aground about five miles south of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge that connects Staten Island and Brooklyn.

The MOL-owned vessel was carrying 370,000 gallons of fuel at the time of the incident.

It was refloated after three hours and anchored at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn.

An inspection yielded no evidence of major damage nor any pollution from leakage.

US Coast Guard (USCG) said it was investigating the cause of the grounding.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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