Ships collide in the Severn Estuary –

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

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