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Valles tanker and Chinese bulker collide in the English Channel

Two vessels, the 2011-built LR tanker Seafrontier and 2013-built bulker Huayang Endeavour, collided in the English Channel on Saturday.

Both vessels had dropped anchor at the accident site after the incident, and the UK coastguard sent rescue teams from Dover and Ramsgate. There were no reports of injuries to the crew of either vessel.

According to UK Coastguard, both vessels suffered hull damage but there was no signs of water ingress or pollution caused by the accident.

Huayang Endeavour, operated by Huayang Maritime Center, was en route to Puerto Bolivar, Colombia while Seafrontier, operated by Valles Steamship, was travelling to Puerto Barrios in Guatemala.


[Photo: RNLI/Paul Cannon]

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.


  1. “Huayang Endeavour, operated by Huayang Maritime Center, was en route to Lagos in Nigeria”
    Every news source is repeating this line.
    It is, quite simply, false.
    There is no chance a panamax bulk carrier would call Lagos, especially ballast from the Continent to go to Lagos.
    My understanding is that she was ballasting to Puerto Bolivar, which makes a lot more sense

    1. Hi Andrew, it was heading to Puerto Bolivar according to my sources also. Lagos is according to Chinese media. Will update story.

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