The 'Matthew," a medieval replica ship has moored at Sandwich on its way back from the Jubilee Pageant on the Thames over the weekend. The boat was positioned at Tower Bridge for the celebrations.
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.
There are reports that two ships have collided in the Channel. Dover Coastguard say the crash happened 6 miles off the coast of Dungeness. There were no fatalities.