The general cargo ship Saga Sky collided with stone carrying barge in English Canal west off Dover near Samphire Hoe, England. The accident happened in bad weather and moderate sea, but to violation of the ColReg in separation scheme of the channel. The general cargo ship Saga Sky lost propulsion power, suffered hull breaches and water ingress, sending distress signal to the local authorities and requesting partial evacuation of the crew. The coast guard dispatched helicopter, which evacuated half from the crew on board of the cargo ship. Also to the troubled vessel were dispatched rescue boat and tug, which should assist with salvage and restart of the propulsion power.
It is not clear what happened to stone carrying barge, as the vessel looks like interlocked with general cargo ship Saga Sky in a collision. The both vessel are adrift with rescue boats and coast guard helicopters at site, trying to restart power and save them from sinking.
It is unclear if bad weather conditions played a part in the incident although the region has been battered by Storm Angus which has produced 97mph winds overnight and this morning.
The Dover maritime rescue co-ordination center has confirmed it is “in the middle of a search and rescue operation”. The vessel is believed to be drifting towards Folkestone.
Video from the troubled vessel:
The general cargo ship Saga Sky (IMO: 9144354) was en route from Germany to Uruguay. The vessel has 200.00 m, moulded beam of 30.00 m and maximum draft of 7.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel if 47,034 DWT and the gross tonnage is 29,381 GRT. The general cargo ship Saga Sky was built in 1996 by Oshima Shipbuilding in Saikai, Japan.