Tanker collision

A TANKER carrying 90,000 tonnes of crude oil from Sullom Voe last week has collided with a Belgian fishing boat outside the oil port at Milford Haven.

The 240m long Seatransport left Shetland on 11 January and had reached the outer limits of the Welsh port three days later.

The port authority said that the Belgian fishing boat Deborah collided with the tanker at 1.15am on 18 January around 14 miles offshore.

Harbourmaster Mark Andrews said: “An inspection by the crew has reported the tanker sustained some damage to compartments at the stern of the vessel approximately three metres above the water line and well away from any cargo or fuel storage areas, which are contained within a double skin.”

There was no pollution incident, he said, adding that the tanker had berthed once it was deemed safe.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has said that it is aware of the incident and is making initial enquiries.

There are no reports about damage to the fishing boat.