Flinterstar vs. Al Oraiq: UPDATE
UPDATE: as of 1500 UTC Oct 6 Flinterstar is in the same position partially sunk, reportedly resting on bottom. Substantial oil leak reported, cleansing and leak preventing operations under way. There were 12 crew on board, all rescued, Master and another crew member hospitalized, no threat to their lives. No dangerous goods on board of Flinterstar. Tanker reportedly suffered a gash with slight water ingress, after collision she safely reached Zeebrugge. No information yet on collision cause.
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.
General cargo vessel Flinterstar, IMO 9243758, dwt 8850, built 2002, flag Netherlands, manager FLINTER SHIPPING BV.
LNG tanker Al Oraiq, IMO 9360790, dwt 122079, built 2008, flag Marshall Islands, manager K LINE LNG SHIPPING UK LTD, UK.