Tanker Seatrout Refloated, Taken to Vlissingen


A group of six tugs managed to refloat the 40,600 dwt tanker Seatrout during high tide on September 20, according to Zeeland Veilig.

The ship, which ran into trouble off Antwerp earlier the same day, came loose just before 4 pm. Dutch towage and salvage companies Multraship and Kotug Smit were called to conduct the operation.

The 188-meter-long Seatrout was then escorted to Vlissingen, the Netherlands, where it is scheduled to undergo further inspections.

Seatrout ran aground in the early morning hours of September 20 after colliding with the bulk carrier Usolie. At the time, both vessels were sailing in the same direction on the Scheldt river.

The tanker, which was sailing from Antwerp to Russia’s Ust-Luga port, was not loaded with cargo at the time.

Zeeland Veilig earlier informed that the bulk carrier does not have any visible damages. The extent of damage on the tanker is currently unknown.

Relevant authorities launched an investigation into the matter.

World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Rijkswaterstaat‏

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