On August 28, the Philippine-registered MV Beaumont ran aground off Richards Bay, South Africa. The bulk carrier had finished loading at the coal terminal and was being assisted out to sea. As the vessel reached the main channel, it was pushed onto a sandbank by the incoming tide. Three tugs came to the aid of the MV Beaumont and were able to pull her free 30-minutes later. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
Authorities had the MV Beaumont inspected for damage. An investigation was launched into the cause of the incident. Reports state the vessel may had suffered a malfunction before it had run aground.
On August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall at Rockport, Texas. Just a short distance away, the Coast Guard reported several vessels requesting assistance or had become disabled in Port Aransas. Below is the list of commercial vessels requiring asisstance at Port Aransas.
The tugboat Signet Constellation had partially sank and requested assistance. Four crew rescued by the Coast Guard.
The 24 meter long, 232 gt tugboat Sandy Point requested assistance with four crew rescued by the Coast Guard
The tugboat Sabine requested assistance. Seven crew were hoisted to safety by Coast Guard helicopters and delivered to a nearby rig near Aransas Pass.
The 149 meter long, 9200 dwt drillship Paragon DPDS I was reported aground at the entrance to Port Aransas. Reports state the vessel had been laid up before the hurricane and had broken its mooring lines and drifted aground. No details if anyone was on board the vessel at the time.
On August 25, the 228 meter long tanker Kamome Victoria ran aground in Gravesend Bay near the Ambrose Channel, off Sandy Hook and Queens, New York. The tanker was proceeding with 373,000 gallons of fuel on board when it ran aground. The Kamome Victoria notified the Coast Guard the tanker had run aground. A team was dispatched and inspected the tanker for damage. No injuries or damage was found. No signs of any pollution released.
The Kamome Victoria was refloated and allowed to continue its voyage. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.