02 July, 2017
The bulk carrier "Huayang Endeavour" is in ballast and has 22 people on board.
Britain's coastguard received a call shortly after 2am this morning, reporting the incident in the narrow Dover Strait - the world's busiest shipping lane.
"There are no injuries to report on either vessel".
The local Maritime Prefecture said the collision between the two Honk Kong-flagged vessels took place overnight 20 miles (32 kilometres) off the northern French port of Dunkirk, in the British zone of the strait between the English Channel and the North Sea, one of the world's busiest sea routes.
The RNLI has reported there were no casualties.
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The Coastguard helicopter was sent to the scene, along with Dover and Ramsgate RNLI Lifeboats, in case evacuation was required. The vessels had Chinese and Indian crews on board.
A spokesperson for the RNLI said the Seafrontier suffered "a hole above the water line and damage to the superstructure", the Independent reported.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency's Counter Pollution and Salvage divisions have all been informed and are all working to resolve the crash.
With initial reports of damage to at least one of the ships and the location of the incident in the southwest channel of the busy main shipping lane, both RNLI rescue vessels raced to the scene, almost 15 miles northeast of Dover.
An investigation into the collision, which occurred in the midst of moderate winds and calm seas, is underway.