Dutch Freighter ‘Flinterstar’ Sinks After Collision With LNG Tanker
A Dutch freighter has sank after colliding nearly head on with the Marshall Islands-flagged LNG tanker Al-Oraiq in the North Sea, about 8 miles northwest of the Belgium port of Knokke-Heist on Tuesday morning.
All 12 crew members from the general cargo / containership, named Flinterstar, have been rescued. The crew members were rescued from the cold North Sea, including one person who was reportedly suffering from hypothermia, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson.
Photos of the Flinterstar show partially sunk, resting on a sandbank in calm seas and clear visibility. Dutch ship owner Flinter has confirmed that the ship sank, the crew is safe and the vessel is ‘stable’. A small oil sheen has been reported. “At this time, we are talking to salvage companies together with insurance to decide how the vessel will be salvaged,” Flinter said in a statement.
The 122,000 DWT Al-Oraiq was also damaged, but was able to continue to its destination of Zeebrugge, Belgium with the assistance of a tug.
The 129 meter in length and 8,850 GT Flinterstar was built in 2002 and is flagged in the Netherlands. The vessel had just departed Antwerp bound for Bilbao, Spain when it collided with the Al Oraiq.
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