Tanker Runs Aground, Hits Sailboats, off Portsmouth, NH

Three vessels that came off their moorings in [Provincetown] harbor during this week’s storm went aground on property owned by the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Seacoast Online: The U.S. Coast Guard continues to investigate why a chemical tanker struck the bottom of the Piscataqua River near Goat Island Ledge then hit 3 moored sailboats while it was being towed out of port Wednesday afternoon [June 29].

Salvage divers on Thursday were inspecting the damage to the Chem Venus, a Panamanian-flagged tanker that came to port to pick up a cargo of used vegetable oil, said Coast Guard Lt. David Bourbeau, waterways management chief for Sector Northern New England. The divers found a 3’ by 10’ tear on the starboard bow, a Coast Guard release stated. A marine classification society was also on scene to assess repairs needed and seaworthiness of the vessel, Bourbeau said.

Read more about the tanker that ran aground and hit 3 sailboats on the Piscataqua River.