The 75 meter long, 2386 dwt cargo vessel Islay Trader ran aground near Margate Harbour, Kent, England. The Islay Trader loaded with a cargo of broken glass had dragged its anchor during the early morning hours. The cargo vessel drifted ashore ended up just 30 meters off the shoreline. No reports of injuries to the 6 crew on board.
Authorities were alerted who arrived on scene a short time later. An inspection found the vessel’s hull was undamaged and no fuel was released. The owners of the Islay Trader coordinated with the Dover Coastguard to salvage the vessel. A tug arrived on scene and was able to refloat the Islay Trader on the rising tide. The Islay Trader proceeded on its voyage to Antwerp.
The 183 meter long, 48580 dwt tanker Seafrontier collided with the 225 meter long, 75492 dwt bulk carrier Huayang Endeavour in the English Channel near Dover, England. The Huayang Endeavour struck the loaded Seafrontier near the stern. The tanker sustained a hull breach above the waterline and damage to multiple levels to its superstructure. The Huayang Endeavour also sustained damage to it’s bow section. No reports of injuries on either vessel and no reports of pollution released.
The tug Abeille Languedoc was dispatched from Boulogne and took the Seafrontier under tow. The Huayang Endeavour dropped anchor in the channel between the shipping lanes for a period, but later proceeded on to Dunkerque. The Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) in Dover dispatched two patrol boats and two helicopters to conduct an assessment. An investigation of the incident has been launched.
The 90 meter long, 4200 dwt cargo vessel Fluvius Tamar sank in the North Sea off the coast of Ramsgate, England. The Fluvius Tamar was en route from Eemshaven, Netherlands with 3,800 tonnes of magnesium oxide bound for Pasajes, Spain. As the vessel passed some 30 miles off the coast, the Fluvius Tamar ran into difficulty. The cargo vessel was in strong northwesterly gale when it began to take on water. The vessel sent out a distress call that it was flooding rapidly and needed assistance.