Friday, July 13, 2007

Oil Tanker Runs Aground In Waters Off New York

A tanker carrying more than 450,000 barrels of oil ran aground today in the waters off Coney Island, but no spill was reported. Something went wrong with the steering system on the ship at about 6:30 a.m., causing the White Sea to turn off course and run into the sandy bottom of Ambrose Channel, said Coast Guard spokesman Chief Bob Laura.
White Sea
The tanker deployed a boom meant to contain any spills, but none occurred, Laura said. Three tug boats were trying to help the vessel, which was in the waters between Brooklyn's Coney Island and Sandy Hook National Park in New Jersey. All vessels leaving the Port of New York and New Jersey to head to open sea must take the route, Laura said. There were no reports of any injuries.

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