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Two tankers collide off Belgian coast

This morning two tankers collided 30km off the Belgian coast. This has meantime been confirmed by the Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre (MRCC). Only material damage was reported.

How the accident could happen is still under investigation. The tanker "Ridgebury Kathrine Z" (Marshall Islands flag) was empty and at anchor at Westhinder anchorage when it was struck by the "Maistros" (Liberian flag) which was loaded. It is currently being examined what cargo the "Maistros" was carrying.

Authorities are checking the extent of the damage and what the desintation of both vessels is. Based on their findings it will be decided if the vessels can continue their voyage.