Ships Collide in the Dover Strait

Ships collide in Dover Straits: Seafrontier and Huayang Endeavour hit each other as coastguard and lifeboats called out

PARIS — An oil tanker and a large cargo ship collided Saturday in the Dover Strait between Britain and France but the accident caused no casualties or pollution and both vessels were able to set off again, French authorities said.

The UK Coastguard Channel Navigation Information Service ensured the vessels were taken through the Dover Strait "traffic separation scheme" with the coastguard monitoring the scene.

The tanker, "Seafrontier", which is loaded with 37953mt of gasoline, has 27 people on board.

Both vessels - an oil tanker carrying almost 38,000 tons of petrol and a bulk carrier - were damaged in the collision just after 2am.

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Both vessels were at a complete stop, the RNLI said. "There are no injuries and all of the crew are accounted for".

Both vessels suffered damages, extent and other details unknown, but no leak reported.

The Secretary of State's maritime counter pollution representative is also monitoring the situation, said the coastguard.

Coastguard teams including the search and rescue helicopter, lifeboats and a French tug were all sent to the scene of the crash.

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Huayang Endeavour was en route to Lagos in Nigeria while Seafrontier was travelling to Puerto Barrios in Guatemala.

Bulk carrier HUAYANG ENDEAVOUR, IMO 9591492, dwt 75492, built 2013, flag HK, manager HUAYANG MARITIME CENTER, Beijing. "The lifeboats have also now left and the tug has arrived on scene".

An investigation into the collision, which occurred in the midst of moderate winds and calm seas, is underway.

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