A Dutch pilot boat was severely damaged after colliding with a bulk carrier off the coast of Netherlands on Sunday morning.
According to Dutch media reports, the pilot boat Pollux was involved in a collision with the Panamanian-flagged Nord Taurus at approximately 4:15 a.m. Sunday at the Steenbank pilot station, located approximately 12 miles nautical miles from Westkapelle near the mouth of the River Scheldt.
The 81-meter pilot boat suffered considerable damage in the incident, including a large dent on its port side and damage to its wheelhouse. Two pilots aboard the Pollux suffered minor injuries in the incident.
Het is net geen pakje boter die Pollux, maar wat een deuk zeg! pic.twitter.com/opJLaV1TCu
— mariusdenobel (@mariusdenobel) January 22, 2018
The pilot boat will be sent to a local shipyard for repairs, which could take as long as two months, according to one official. The same official said that pilotage services will not be impacted due the incident.
The Nord Taurus resumed its voyage to Murmansk, Russia.