The “Seafronier” with 37,953 tonnes of petrol on board was in collision with the unloaded “Huayang Endeavour” in the Strait of Dover in the south west channel of the main shipping lane 15 miles East of Dover in pos. 1 14N 001 45E on July 1, 2017, at 2 a.m.
The tanker had a crew of 27 on board. The “Huayang Endeavour” had 22 people on board. None of the 49 crew members from India and China were injured and all hands were accounted for. Lifeboats from Dover and Ramsgate were called out at 2.42 a.m. and 2.37 a.m., respectively. along with 15 volunteers to assist in the rescue operation. Nine crew were on board the “City of London 2” from Dover and six on board the “Esme Anderson” from Ramsgate.
The Ramsgate lifeboat was launched at 02.37 a.m. and on scene at 03.15 0.am. The Dover lifeboat was launched at 02.42am and was on the scene at 03.59 a.m. Weather conditions at the time of the call-out showed a moderate wind and the state of the sea was calm. The Ramsgate lifeboat was tasked with standing alongside the “Seafrontier” while the Dover lifeboat stood ready to assist the “Huayang Endeavour”.
Both ships had dropped anchor at the accident site. The UK Coastguard carried out checks at the scene and no water was taken on board by either vessels nor was any pollution or fuel ditched into the water. Counter pollution and salvage surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency were monitoring the situation.
The British Coast Guard deployed the helicopter 163 which meanwhile was stood down as well as the lifeboats which returned after the arrival of a tug which had been called from Boulogne at 5.44 a.m. and which took the tanker in tow to Antwerp. The “Huyang Endeavour” was headed for Lagos, the “Seafrontier” was bound for Puerto Barrios. The “Seafrontier” suffered a hole above the waterline and damage to the port side superstructure. The “Huayang Endavour” berthed at the Quay de Douvres in Dunkirk at 9.30 p.m.