The “Seatrout” was in collision with the bulk carrier “Usolie” in the morning of Sep 20, 2017, at 5.45 a.m. The unloaded tanker, which was enroute from Antwerp to Ust-Luga, subsequently ran aground at Nauw van Bath on the Wester Scheldt.
The tugs “Fairplay 27”, “Multratug 27”, “Multratug 30” and “Union Eagle” were on scene at 9.20 a.m. and tried to refloat the tanker with the rising tide. Also, the patrol boats “P 86” and “Patrol” were on site. The unloaded bulk carrier which was enroute from Antwerp to Klaipeda was ordered back to port and dropped anchor off Flushing.
The tanker was sitting outside of the fairway and did not pose a danger to the passing ship traffic. It had a list of 15 degrees to port. After a first re-floating attempt failed, the next attempt will be made at 2 p.m., two hours before the next high tide. For the time being a sailing ban has been imposed for ships in- and outbound to Antwerp for safety reasons.