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May 15, 2018 3:28 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Oil Tanker Collides With Fishing Vessel Off Bridgehampton

An oil tanker called the Toftviken was involved in a collision with a fishing vessel on Saturday night, 30 miles southeast of Bridgehampton. COURTESY OF U.S. COAST GUARD
May 16, 2018 2:03 PM

A fishing vessel and a loaded crude oil tanker collided 30 miles southeast of Bridgehampton on Saturday night, ripping a nearly 30-foot gash in the side of the oil tanker and forcing New York-based U.S. Coast Guard crews to respond.

According to a press release issued by the Coast Guard, an 84-foot fishing vessel called the Polaris was heading back to its home port in Massachusetts after a night of fishing when it collided with the Tofteviken, a 816-foot oil tanker. At the time, the Tofteviken was heading into New York.

The fishing vessel suffered a damaged bow and damaged outrigger from the collision, while the Tofteviken suffered a 30-foot tear in the portside hull.

No oil in the tanker was spilled: The ship has a double hull, and the gash was contained to the outer hull.

None among the seven people aboard the Polaris or the crew on the Tofteviken was injured in the collision, the press release noted.

The Polaris was able to make it back to its home port, while the Tofteviken remained anchored offshore to allow Coast Guard inspectors time to determine if it was safe to continue into New York.

The press release added that Coast Guard inspectors and investigators were investigating the cause of the accident while also checking the damage to ensure proper repairs are made.

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