Fishing Trawler and Freighter Collided in Northern Sea

In the morning of Feb 14, 2011, the “Birka Transporter” collided with the Urk based Dutch trawler “Willempje Hoekstra – UK 33”, 410 gt (IMO: 8705826; built 1986), 15 kilometres west of Den Helder.

While the “Birka Exporter” suffered only limited damage and was allowed to proceed to Amsterdam after investigations were carried out, the 39,98 m long “Willempje Hoekstra” suffered hull damage and water ingress. The MRCC Den Helder sent the KNRM-boat from Den Helder, the Dutch Navy vessel “HM Luymes” and the CG emergency tug “Ievoli Black”. Several additional dewatering pumps were put on board the fishing vessel.

There was no immediate danger for the crew. After the situation was stabilized, the trawler proceeded to Den Helder. The “Birka Transporter” moored in the Bering Harbour at 11.15 a.m.

Birka Transporter IMO 8820858, dwt 5387, built 1991, flag Aland Islands, manager Birka Line.