Posted on December 16, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

The Maltese-flagged Tanker, TEAM HAWK, was involved in a collision with the Fishing Vessel, CALIFORNIA during the evening hours of December the 14th, while the ship was transiting through the English Channel.

The incident occurred at approximately 1720 hours, near the city of Falmouth, Cornwall, some nine nautical miles from Lizard Point.

At the time of the collision, the tanker had been en route from New York to Falmouth.

As a result of the incident, both vessels sustained damages. The fishing vessel sustained slight damage to its upper bow, but the tanker took the brunt of it, as a hole formed on its hull, just beneath the waterline.

Specifically, a hole of 50x100 centimetres formed in the ballast tank of the vessel, and the ship started experiencing water ingress as a result.

Thankfully, the ship’s pumps managed to counteract the flooding and the vessel remained seaworthy.

The fishing vessel, with its crew of 5 managed to get in contact with CROSS Corsen and continued along its journey.

The tanker moved on towards Falmouth, where she anchored later that night, some 2.5 miles off South Pendennis point, and was to await inspection on the next morning.


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Posted in Safety , Collision , Accident , United Kingdom , Europe

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