Aframax Collides with Fishing Vessel Off Long Island
[Brief] On Saturday evening, the Aframax tanker Tofteviken collided with the commercial fishing vessel Polaris 25 nm off Bridgehampton, Long Island. The Tofteviken was bound for New York and the Polaris was headed back to its homeport in Massachusetts after a night of fishing at the time of the collision.
The Polaris, an 84-foot steel-hulled fishing boat, suffered damage to her bow and to an outrigger. She was able to return to her homeport safely with all seven crewmembers aboard. The Tofteviken suffered a 30-foot-long penetration along her portside hull. There were no injuries reported, nor any indications of pollution.
The Tofteviken will remain anchored off Rockaway Beach until the Coast Guard determines it is safe for her to continue into port. Coast Guard marine inspectors and investigators are looking into the cause of the collision and assessing the damage to the Tofteviken’s hull, and the USCG says that it will ensure that appropriate repairs are completed.