The 146 meter long, 19887 dwt tanker Chem Venus ran aground on the Piscataqua River near Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Chem Venus had lost controlled when it struck three small sailboats before hitting bottom. No reports of injuries. The tanker sustained a 3 meter long hole in the bow and resulting water ingress. The sailboats were damaged, but remain afloat. No reports of pollution released. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.
The passenger vessel Celia Thaxter became disabled on the Piscataqua River off Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Celia Thaxter was on a sight-seeing tour with 24 passengers and 2 crew when it’s suffered engine failure. The vessel drifted with the river current until it was pushed against the Sarah Long Bridge. The crew requested assistance with the Coast Guard and local authorities responding. All the passengers and one crewman were transferred off the Celia Thaxter over to a nearby pier before it was pulled free and towed back to its berth in Portsmouth. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
A 40 foot work barge sank near Kittery Point near Portsmouth Harbor, New Hampshire. The barge began to suffer water ingress after the hull had struck a submerged object. The one crewman on board requested assistance and was rescued by a Coast Guard boat. The Coast Guard kept a response team on scene to monitor if any pollution would be released. The work barge had 100 gallons of diesel fuel at the time it sank.
Divers arrived on scene and were able to patch the hull of the barge the following day. The barge was brought back to the surface and pumped out of water. The barge was taken to a nearby yard where it would be pulled out of the water for repairs.