Japanese bulk carrier collided with Dutch pilot boat

Pilot ship POLLUX collided with bulk carrier NORD TAURUS at anchorage north of Vlissingen, North sea, reportedly at 0425 LT Jan 21, understood at the time bulk carrier was proceeding to anchorage, or probably, bulk carrier was already under way en route from Terneuzen Netherlands to Murmansk Russia, sailing in northern direction. According to AIS track and timetable, collision took place when bulk carrier was under way, so probably, she was brought to anchor for investigation. Pilot ship sustained, according to Dutch media, serious damages, but managed to return to Vlissingen under own power. Bulk carrier left anchorage in about an hour, and resumed her voyage. No injures reported.
Bulk carrier NORD TAURUS, IMO 9782182, dwt 81000, built 2016, flag Panama, manager SHOEI KISEN KAISHA LTD.
Pilot ship POLLUX, IMO 9496953, GT 2501, flag Netherlands.



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