South West Wales

Milford Haven sea collision: Tanker docks safely

An oil tanker hit by a fishing boat off Pembrokeshire has berthed at Milford Haven after safety checks, says the port authority.

The Seatransport was in collision with a Belgian boat 14 miles (22.5 km) from the port entrance at 01:15 GMT.

Milford Haven Port Authority said nobody was injured and no pollution resulted from Wednesday's incident.

The tanker, carrying 90,000 tonnes of crude oil, was made fast at the Murco Jetty at 20:20 GMT on Wednesday.

Harbourmaster Mark Andrews confirmed: "At 2020 on the 18th January 2012 the oil tanker Seatransport was made fast without incident at the Murco Jetty in Milford Haven Port."

Mr Andrews said the tanker came from the Sullom Voe Terminal in the Shetland Islands.

Speaking earlier on Wednesday he said: "An inspection by the crew has reported the tanker sustained some damage to compartments at the stern of the vessel, approximately 3m above the water line and well away from any cargo or fuel storage areas, which are contained within a double skin."

Before docking the tanker's steering and rudder system would be examined by an inspector to ensure it was safe enough to come into port for a fuller inspection, he said.

Mr Andrews said the vessel would only be permitted to berth once it had been confirmed by all agencies that it was safe to do so.

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