Marine insurers are waiting to see if they will escape liability for a collision between an oil tanker and a fishing trawler that resulted in an oil spill in the English Channel.

At least 110 tonnes of oil spilled into the sea off Dover after a 20ft by 6ft hole was ripped into the side of the Maltese tanker Gudermes on Monday.

The 32,000-tonne tanker was carrying 26,000 tonnes of oil from Dover to Africa. None of its 26 crew was injured.

The other vessel involved was the French-registered St Jacques II.

There was no immediate figure available for potential insured losses. It is thought any insurance will be placed in the two vessels' home countries.