Oil tanker collides with cargo ship in English Channel

The Seafrontier tanker had 27 crew members and 40,000 tonnes of hydrocarbons on board at the time of the accident at 3am (0100 GMT) in British waters while the Huayan Endeavour was not loaded but was carrying g a crew of 22, officials said.

Tanker Seafrontier and bulk transporter the Huayang Endeavour crashed 15 miles off the coast of Dover at 2am on Saturday morning.

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

A statement from the UK Coastguard said: "The Coastguard helicopter was sent to the scene, along with Dover and Ramsgate RNLI Lifeboats, in case evacuation was required".

The Seafrontier was transporting gasoline to Guatemala and the Huayang Endeavour was traveling from the Netherlands to Nigeria. The vessels have Chinese and Indian crews on board.

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.


A spokesperson for the RNLI said the Seafrontier suffered "a hole above the water line and damage to the superstructure", the Independent reported.

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

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 lifeboats have also now left and the tug has arrived on scene".

The Seafrontier has since been taken under tow.

"It was fortunate there were no casualties", he said.


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