The ships involved were the Gas Arctic, a Malta-registered gas tanker on passage from Tees to Portland, with 14 crew aboard, and the Spring Bok, a cargo ship, registered in the Netherlands, on passage from Amsterdam to Aruba in the Caribbean, with 22 crew aboard.
Dover Coastguard requested the launch of the Dungeness all weather lifeboat and asked for assistance from HMS Tyne. Phil Davies from Dover Coastguard says: “The vessels have both incurred damage above the water line but are fully capable of making their way to Portland where they will be inspected.”
Two ships on passage in the Dover Strait collided in poor visibility this morning. The ‘Gas Arctic’ tanker was on passage from Tees to Portland, with 14 crew aboard. The ‘Spring Bok’ cargo ship was on passage from Amsterdam to Oranjestad, Aruba, with 22 crew aboard.