Cargo ship fully loaded with salt sinks after collision on Scheldt-Rhine Canal

by Hans | October 3rd, 2014

On the evening of 2nd October a collision took place on the Scheldt-Rhine Canal near Nieuw-Vossemeer, not far from Bergen op Zoom.
 
An inland cargo vessel loaded with salt collided with a large passenger vessel. The waterway security region Zeeland has  let it be known. There are now wounded. The two people on the cargo ship came in the water, but could be saved and boarded passenger vessel. The 80-metre long cargo vessel laid down across the channel. Shipping traffic has been shut down.

Rijkswaterstaat looks at how the ship can be salvaged. A spokeswoman said at the beginning of the night that it is still unclear how had happens and when. Probably today it will be more clear about the cause of the collision. The Scheldt-Rhine Canal is the shipping route to the port of Antwerp. The main route between Rotterdam and Antwerp. Antwerp is still accessible, according to the Department of Public Waterworks  however the vessel has to be sail another longer route.

The sunken cargo vessel had steering problems, a spokeswoman said from the safety waterway region. The passenger ship could no longer manoeuvre free.

Salvage vessels from Hebo and BST Dintelsas are on site with divers for inspection of the cargo vessel and an oil pollutions vessel for the cleaning up operations 

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