K Line LNG carrier collides with Dutch vessel off Zeebrugge

A Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) LNG carrier smashed into a small Dutch general cargo vessel off the Belgian coast early this morning. The Dutch vessel, Flinterstar (8,850 dwt, built 2002), is owned by Flinter and ran aground on a sandbank.

“Ship is partially submerged on a sandbank. She’s leaking oil. Response has been activated under coordination of Belgian authorities,” a spokesperson for Flinter told Splash. All eleven crew member plus pilot were picked up.

The K Line ship, Al Oraiq (122,079 dwt, 210,198 cu m, built 2007) suffered damage, the local coastguard said, and is anchored by the site of the collision, 10 km off Zeebrugge where it was headed. It is due to move into the port soon.

“The cause of the incident is yet unknown but will be the subject of a full investigation,” K Line said in a release.

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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