Collision between two cargo ships off Cherbourg, the crew of an evacuated chemical tanker

Two freighters, a bulk carrier and a chemical tanker, collided on Tuesday morning 31 January, off Cherbourg, in the Channel, said the maritime prefecture. The accident required the evacuation of 22 crew members from the chemical tanker.

While both vessels were following the same route, the bulk carrier, with 26 000 tons of phosphate on board, collided with 3 in the morning at 92 kilometers west of Cherbourg with the chemical tanker, which was carrying 10 000 tonnes phosphoric acid.

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