A CRUISE ship with 500 passengers on board
has collided with an oil tanker
in foggy conditions off the southern coast of Spain.
The Van Gogh, registered in the Grenadines in the Caribbean,
collided with the Greek-registered Spetses tanker,
carrying 140,000 tonnes of crude, off the Bay of Algeciras.
The cruise ship had just left port at Gibraltar.
"Fortunately, nobody was hurt," said a local government official
at nearby Cadiz.
Authorities said there was little damage to either vessel
and no oil had leaked.
They blamed the collision on poor visibility
and said the cruise ship appeared to have been travelling
at a greater speed than that warranted by the conditions.
The Van Gogh was en route for the Moroccan port of Tangiers,
while the Stepses was returning to port at Algeciras from Egypt.
Spanish officials said the Van Gogh returned to port
following minor damage to its bow,
while the Spetses was towed to its refinery berth
after suffering a dented hull.