Dover ferry hits harbour wall with passengers and crew evacuated

 
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A Ferry collided with a wall at the port of Dover this morning, and the passengers and crew have since been evacuated.

The ferry operated Northern Europe's largest shipping, and logistics company DFDS hit the dock during its departure from the harbour at 8:00am. The ship was on its way to Dunkirk.

A spokeswoman for the Port of Dover said:

Our first priority is to ensure safety of all those on board the vessel.

Clearly we are very concerned for the well being of passengers and crew and we are supporting DFDS and emergency services in assessing any injuries to passengers and crew.

The crew of the Dover Seaways and our own team have immediately put emergency plans into practice to ensure the safety of those on board.

The vessel, Dover Seaways, is safely berthed in the Eastern Docks. We praise all concerned for their swift response.

Naturally the incident will be subject to our own internal investigation and that of the appropriate statutory authorities.

DFDS Seaways added:

Passenger safety is of paramount importance to us and we're doing all we can to provide assistance to those involved.

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