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Tanker Aground Near Port Arthur Refloats Without Damage

An oil tanker that ran aground near Port Arthur, Texas, refloated under its own power without damage or pollution, according to its owner.

Two tugs on hand to help the Eagle Kinabalu, a double-hulled tanker registered in Singapore, weren’t needed after the ship was beached on the bank of the Sabine-Neches waterway at about 6 p.m. local time yesterday, AET Inc. of Hamilton, Bermuda, said in an e-mailed statement.

“The ship backed off, refloated herself under her own power, and went to the nearest anchorage,” AET said. The company “is investigating the cause of the incident together with the appropriate authorities.”

The Eagle Kinabalu was on its way to sea and the grounding lasted “momentarily,” AET said.

Calls to the U.S. Coast Guard in Port Arthur were not returned.

The 244-meter (800-feet) tanker “suffered a steering casualty,” according to a filing with the National Response Center.

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