Under the eyes of several spectators, the “Seatrout” was re-floated on Sep 20 at 3.46 p.m. Involved were the tugs “Multratug 14”, “Multratug 27”, “Multratug 22”, “Multratug 30”, “Union Pearl” and “Experience” which had started the salvage attempt at 3 p.m.
The accident which caused the grounding had involved three ships, two ships which came from Antwerp and one that was bound to Antwerp. Due to the resilient ship, the “Usolie” and the “Seatrout” had to divert so close to each other that there was a suction effect, a collision followed and the “Seatrout” eventually stranded at the Dumoulin Road near the village of Bath.
During the salvage operation, ship traffic was completely shut down. Previously, ships of less than 200 meters could still pass with caution. At 4.15 p.m. river traffic was floating again. The tanker was berthed at the Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Flushing on Sep 20 at 7.45 p.m.