Dutch freighter Flinterstar reported sinking after collision with VLGC Al Oraiq off Zeebrugge

Dutch freighter Flinterstar collided with VLGC Al Oraiq early in the morning Oct 6 in North sea some 7 nm northwest of Zeebrugge, Belgium. Tanker was approaching Zeebrugge, its’ port of destination, freighter was moving in opposite direction, bound for Spain. According to available news, Flinterstar sank, tanker suffered serious damages, but no water ingress or gas leak reported. As of 0500 UTC Oct 6 tanker was under way proceeding towards Zeebrugge. According to AIS, Flinterstar didn’t sink and is afloat, surrounded by a number of tugs, rescue and patrol ships and boats. 10 crew reportedly evacuated, one of them was injured and taken to hospital.

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