Ships collide in the Severn Estuary Published: 08 March, 2005
At half past two yesterday, Swansea Coastguard were alerted by
Severn vessel traffic services (VTS) to a collision between two ships
in the Severn estuary.
The collision occurred at twenty minutes to two yesterday afternoon
between the 17,065 tonne bulk carrier ‘Island Gem’ which was on
passage from Bilbao in Spain to Newport with a cargo of steel
products with a crew of nineteen, and the 13,410 tonne ‘Bow
Traveller’ who was on passage from Pembroke to Cardiff with a cargo
of fuel products.
Both vessels have sustained some damage, but there are no injuries to
crew members on either ship. The crew of the’Island Gem’ have established that there is a crack in the accommodation area, four to five metres above sea level. There is no ingress of water reported to
either vessel. The `Bow Traveller’ has sustained damage to the
foc’sle, and has damaged frames.
There is no risk of pollution.
The weather at the time of the incident was North nor’ east winds of
6 knots, with good visibility and cloudy.
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