Bulk carrier hits chemical tanker and offshore wind foundation off Dutch coast

Towing operations are underway for the derelict bulk carrier Juliet Dwhich collided with a product carrier, Star of Pechoraoff the Dutch coast near the port of Ijmuiden earlier on Monday after her anchor failed to hold.

After the collision, the 37,200 dwt bulk carrier, which had 18 crew on board, began to take on water and drift in the storm-ravaged North Sea before colliding with a foundation platform of the 1.5 GW Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm, which is under construction. The damage to the foundation is not yet determined.

Meanwhile, two tugs were sent to tow the Maltese flag Juliet D at the port of Rotterdam. One of the tugs lost connection to the vessel, but the Dutch Coastguard’s latest update on the incident said the situation was stable, with the remaining tug awaiting calmer weather and daylight to bringing the damaged bulk carrier to port. Attempts are also underway to reconnect the second tug.

All crew aboard the void Juliet D were evacuated and transferred to the mainland by the Dutch and Belgian coastguards. The situation on board Star of Pechora is said to be stable and the tanker has not lost any cargo. The Netherlands was hit hard on Monday morning by storm Corrie, which also hampered rescue efforts, causing wind gusts of up to 120 km/h over the North Sea.

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