Amadeus Amethist rocks Belgian bridge, loses accommodation block

A crewmember was taken to hospital last night after the general cargo vessel Amadeus Amethist rammed into a bridge at Jzerlaan along Belgium’s Albert Canal.

The ship became stuck, lost its accommodation block and forced all traffic off the bridge. Authorities are still inspecting the state of the bridge, while the ship, which was carrying wood, had extra ballast water added to it in order to free it overnight.

The Dutch flagged ship is owned by De Bock Maritiem.



Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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