Portsmouth-bound cargo ship turns back after collision

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A CARGO ship bound for Portsmouth has had to turn back after colliding with another vessel.

The Timor Stream, operated by Fareham-based Geest Line, was involved in a collision with the cargo vessel Seagate around 60 miles north-east of the Isle de Tortue, Haiti, on Saturday. No-one was hurt.

The Timor Stream, with 20 crew on board, was en route from Manzanillo in the Dominican Republic to Portsmouth but is now heading back to the Dominican Republic, where it will be met by surveyors.

In the meantime, Geest Line is laying on a replacement vessel which will leave Portsmouth on Tuesday, March 20.

The Seagate suffered starboard side damage to its accommodation and engine room while the Timor Stream sustained damage to its bow.

Captain Peter Dixon, managing director of Geest Line, said: ‘The focus following any collision is to ensure the safety of crew and to mitigate any further damage to either vessel or the environment.

‘We are co-operating fully with the investigations into this incident.’