The general cargo ship Fluvius Tamar sank in North Sea on 35 nautical miles northeast off Ramsgate, UK. The vessel was en route from Eemshaven, Netherlands to Pasajes, Estonia, but near UK was caught by heavy seas and bad weather. The general cargo ship Fluvius Tamar started getting water ingress and lost seaworthiness. The crew abandoned the vessel, which sank several minutes later. The UK Coast Guard responded to the distress signal of the sinking cargo ship and organized large scale search and rescue operation, involving helicopters, rescue boats and nearby vessels. All the crew were rescued in good health and without serious injuries.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. The site of sinking is under monitoring for oil leaks and water pollution, as during sinking on board of the vessel there were several tons of fuel and luboils.
The general cargo ship Fluvius Tamar (IMO: 9501708) has overall length of 90.00 m, moulded beam of 14.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 4,200 DWT and gross tonnage of 2,876 GRT. The ship was built in 2009 by Shipkits in their shipyard in Groningen, Netherlands.