The British product tanker Galway Fisher collided with boat Pilot 1 on 1 nautical miles off Ostend, Belgium. Following the collision the two pilots from the pilot boat were injured and airlifted by helicopter. The injured people were hospitalized in Ostend with back problems, but in relatively good condition. The tanker, which was en route from from Cork to drydock in Sluiskil under ballast, suffered damages of the hull, lying on the sandbank Westhinder. The local authorities organized immediate rescue operation, as both vessels were damaged. There were no other injuries during the collision and investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.
The bad weather and neglecting of the situation were among the main causes of the collision. There are no reports about water pollution, but area is under monitoring for oil leaks.
The product tanker Galway Fisher (IMO: 9118161) has overall length of 91.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 5.40 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 4,967 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,368 GRT. The product tanker was built in 1997 by Qiuxin Shipyard in Shanghai, China.
The boat Pilot 1 has overall length of 59.00 m, moulded beam of 10.00 m and maximum draft of 2.00 m. The gross tonnage of the boat is 649 GRT.