Published: Sun, July 02, 2017
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Collision between ship and oil tanker

Collision between ship and oil tanker

An oil tanker carrying 38,000 tonnes of hydrocarbon fuel on Saturday collided with a cargo ship in the English Channel, which separates France from the United Kingdom, authorities said.

Britain's coastguard received a call shortly after 2am this morning, reporting the incident in the narrow Dover Strait - the world's busiest shipping lane.

An oil tanker carrying 38,000 tonnes of hydrocarbon fuel collided with a cargo ship in the English Channel, which separates France from the UK.

A UK Coastguard Rescue Helicopter was also scrambled to assess the damage to the vessels, 183-meter-long crude oil tanker, the Seafrontier, registered in Hong Kong, and the Huayang Endeavour, a 75,000-tonne bulk carrier, which is also registered in Hong Kong.

Both vessels were reported to have come to a "complete stop".

A French tug from Boulogne is on the scene and expected to tow the Seafrontier. "There are no injuries and all of the crew are accounted for".

The Seafrontier will likely be towed to a Belgian or Dutch port for repairs while the Huayang Endeavour will dock in the United Kingdom.

The Seafrontier was left with a hole in its side above the water line, but there no sign of pollution from petrol being spilled into the sea, the Coastguard said.

The prefecture said the situation was now under control and "doesn't pose a risk of pollution or a danger to navigation" in the strait.

The Huayang Endeavour was en route to Lagos, Nigeria.

The Coastguard helicopter was sent to the scene, along with Dover and Ramsgate RNLI Lifeboats, in case evacuation was required.

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