Trawler and Chemfleet tanker collide in Dover Strait.
A French trawler was badly damaged in a collision with a Chemfleet product tanker at the entrance to the northbound lane of the Dover Strait traffic separation system in the early hours on Tuesday.
The 22.5m fishing vessel Saint-Jacques II, which had a crew of six, suffered extensive superstructure damage and a small ingress of water in its engine room in the collision with the 2008-built, 10,500 dwt Manas.
None of the crew was injured, according to the French maritime prefecture in Cherbourg. Manas suffered little apparent damage.
The tanker waited until an evaluation of the situation had been completed but was then authorised to pursue its route to Rotterdam, where it was due to be inspected on arrival.
The fishing vessel was provided with a French naval escort back to its home port of Boulogne sur Mer, where an investigation was under way.
It was not immediately clear what was the cause of the collision, which took place 37 miles north of the French fishing port of Fécamp.