Mysterious grounding of MOL’s tanker, New York
US Coast Guard reported grounding of MOL’s tanker KAMOME VICTORIA, receiving alert message from KAMOME VICTORIA at 1715 LT Aug 25. Tanker ran aground in the Ambrose Channel 5 miles south of Verrazano Bridge. According to AIS track, tanker was refloated some 3 hours later, and brought to anchor near grounding site. It is not clear what happened, judging from AIS track. Vessel was sailing from New York and kept course leading to Sandy Hook, seemingly veering off fairway, then changed course, sailed towards Verrazano Bridge, then after drifting for some time turned back, went off fairway and ran aground. As of 0400 UTC Aug 26, KAMOME VICTORIA was marked as At Anchor. No leak, no damages reported.