Tanker Runs Aground in Shipping Channel Between NY, NJ; No Fuel Leaks

The U.S. Coast Guard says an oil tanker that ran aground in a shipping channel between New York and New Jersey on Friday has been inspected and permitted to continue on its way. 

The tanker Kamome Victoria ran aground at 5:15 p.m. Friday. The ship sails under the flag of Panama. 

The tanker notified the Coast Guard that it had run aground south of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge while traveling outbound.

There were no reports of injuries. 

The vessel is carrying 373,000 gallons of fuel and there is no indication that any of it has spilled, according to the Coast Guard. 

The ship was anchored in New York Harbor overnight on Friday, and divers inspected the ship's hull, propulsion and rudder for damage on Saturday morning. 

The Coast Guard said Saturday evening that the ship passed the inspection and that no pollution or significant damage to the oil tanker was found. The vessel was then allowed to continue its transit out from Gravesend Bay. 

The cause of the grounding is still under investigation, the Coast Guard said. 

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