The Dutch freighter FLINTERSTAR collided with VLGC AL ORAIQ early in the morning on Tuesday, October 6 in North sea some 7 nautical miles northwest of Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Dutch freighter Flinterstar sinks after collision with VLGC Al Oraiq off Zeebrugge

The LNG-tanker was approaching Zeebrugge, its’ port of destination, while the Netherlands-flagged freighter was moving in opposite direction, bound for Spain.

Local Coast Guard reported eleven of the 12 crew members of the Dutch freighter Flinterstar were rescued from frigid North Sea waters, and one was being treated for hypothermia.

AL ORAIQ - IMO 9360790

Image: John White

According to local news media reports, the freighter FLINTERSTAR sank. The Marshall Island-flagged tanker Al-Oraiq suffered serious damages and is anchored by the site of the collision, 10 kilometers from the coast near the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, Coast Guard official said. No water ingress or gas leak is reported.

Ship's traffic has been halted from entering or exiting the Western Scheldt estuary, an important shipping route to the port Antwerp.

The search and rescue operation, which included at least three rescue ships, five tug boats and a helicopter, was led and coordinated by the Belgian coast guard, with assistance from the Dutch.

There is an ongoing investigation for the cause of the incident.

Video reconstruction shows the collision between cargo ship Flinterstar and tanker Al-Oraiq