Oil tanker collides with cargo ship in Dover Strait

2017-07-01 16:47
The damage on the Seafrontier tanker is clearly visible after the collision in the Dover Strait between Britain and France. (Paul Cannon, AP)

The damage on the Seafrontier tanker is clearly visible after the collision in the Dover Strait between Britain and France. (Paul Cannon, AP)

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Paris - An oil tanker and a large cargo ship on Saturday collided in the Dover Strait between Britain and France but no casualties or pollution from the accident have been reported so far, French authorities say.

The local Maritime Prefecture said the collision between the two Honk Kong-flagged vessels took place overnight 32km off the northern French port of Dunkirk, in the British zone of the strait between the English Channel and the North Sea, one of the world's busiest sea routes. It said none of the tanker's 27 crew or the 22 on the freighter was injured.

The prefecture said the 183m Seafrontier tanker, which carries 38 000 tons of fuel, was in a "watched drift" after the collision and that "no pollution was detected at this stage".

The crew of the 224m Huayan Endeavour freighter reported the cargo ship was still able to sail. The freighter had no cargo at the time.

Three French experts were dropped onto the tanker by helicopter and were assessing the next stages of the rescue operation.

British authorities in Dover, which coordinates rescue operations, have sent two patrol boats and two helicopters to the area and a French tugboat was also travelling there "in order to be ready to intervene if needed".

A French anti-pollution ship was put on alert as a preventive measure in the French port of Brest in the western region of Brittany.

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