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Marine Accident Brief: Collision between Fishing Vessel Polaris and Tanker Tofteviken

Executive Summary

​On May 12, 2018, about 1913 local time, the fishing vessel Polaris transiting with a crew of 7 and the tanker Tofteviken with a crew of 25 collided about 30 miles south of Montauk, Long Island, New York, during daylight and good visibility. There were no reports of pollution or injuries. Both vessels sustained hull damage amounting to $716,047.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the collision between the fishing vessel Polaris and the tanker Tofteviken was the failure to maintain a proper lookout by the mate on the fishing vessel and the failure to identify the risk of collision by the third mate on the tanker.

Accident Location: Long Island , NY USA Atlantic Ocean, about 30 miles south of Montauk, 40°31.40’ N, 071°57.78’ W
Accident Date: 5/12/2019
Accident ID: DCA18FM023

Date Adopted: 6/28/2019
NTSB Number: MAB1917
NTIS Number:  

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