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Bulker and tanker collide near Antwerp

Bulk carrier Usolie and tanker Seatrout collided yesterday on Western Scheldt off Bath, Netherlands while departing Antwerp yesterday.

The two vessels collided while both sailing in the same direction. Usolie was enroute from Antwerp to Klaipeda in Lithuania while Seatrout was sailing to Ust-Luga in Russia.

Both vessels suffered minor damage following the collision. Seatrout ran aground but managed to refloat during high tide later in the day. The vessel is currently docked at a port near Ouddorp of The Netherlands according to AIS tracking. Usolie continued sailing and was brought to anchor at Vlissingen.

The 2006-built 40,600dwt Seatrout is operated by German Tanker Shipping and the 1990-built 68,800dwt Usolie is operated by Harvester Shipmanagement.

Last month, China Cosco Shipping’s mega containership CSCL Jupiter ran aground at almost the exact location on the Scheldt while enroute from Antwerp to Hamburg.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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