Oil tanker and large cargo ship collide in English Channel

Oil tanker and large cargo ship collide in English Channel

Oil tanker and large cargo ship collide in English Channel

The Hong Kong-registered 600ft tanker, the Seafrontier, was carrying 37,953 metric tonnes of petrol and had 27 people on board.

But British authorities in Dover have sent two patrol boats and two helicopters to the area.

The UK Coastguard Channel Navigation Information Service has continued to work throughout the incident and is ensuring the safe passage of vessels through the Dover Strait Traffic Separation Scheme.

The coastguard said in a statement: "Although both vessels have been damaged, there is no water ingress and no pollution".

According to the RNLI, no one was hurt in the collision and no one has been reported missing.

The Huyan Endeavour, which was not carrying any cargo and had 22 crew members on board, was headed for Lagos, while Seafrontier was bound for Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, the British coastguard said. The vessels have Chinese and Indian crews on board.

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The Channel between Britain and France is one of the busiest shipping corridors in the world with about 500 vessels passing through per day.

A UK Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter was also scrambled to assess the damage to the vessels, the 183-metre-long crude oil tanker, the Seafrontier and the Huayang Endeavour, a 75,000-tonne bulk carrier.

The Seafrontier has since been taken under tow.

The Ramsgate lifeboat was launched at 02.37am and on scene at 03.15am. Weather conditions at the time of the call-out showed a moderate wind and the state of the sea was calm.

The RNLI, which sent lifeboats to the scene, has described the crash as a "major collision".

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