In good weather, with good visibility, the drunk Russian chief mate steered the 129-meter long "Lysblink Seaways' onto the pebbles in Scotland. Before he took the helm he drank a pint of rum.
"Lysblink Seaways" was carrying 50 tons of recycled paper and was going Skogn in Norway when the ship ran aground in clear weather in Scotland. Now the report from the British navy, AIBN, is ready. It leaves little doubt about the cause of the grounding:
A 36 year old Russian officer was drunk as a skunk after drinking a bottle of half a liter of rum before he went on duty. During the night he lost track of everything, and with good visibility, he steered the ship at 13 knots right onto the pebbles in Scotland.
After the ship ran aground, empty beer, wine and liquor bottles were found on board the ship. The report gives the safety culture on the ship the harshest criticism:
The ship's owner had zero tolerance for alcohol on board, but still there were alcohol outlets.
There was no lookout on the night when the ship was going to make its way in narrow waters, and no night orders were issued by the captain. After the grounding, it took time before the authorities in Scotland were contacted.
The Danish company DFDS Seaways owns the ship which transported paper between Norsk Skog in Levanger and harbors in Europe. The Norwegian shipping company Sea-Cargo ship has leased it from the Danish holding company.
- We have hired the ship, but we have nothing to do with the operation of the ship, said director Ole Sævild in Sea-Cargo to Maritime.no after the grounding.
The 36-year-old who brought the ship ashore explained that he drank half a liter of rum after he had had a private telephone conversation that stressed him. The Russian took control of the ship when the Norwegian captain retired to rest, reports VG.
After the grounding, the ship was stuck for two days, and was badly damaged. A significant emission of 25 tons of fuel leaked into the sea.
"Lysblink Seaways' was scrapped after being towed into dry dock.
None of the nine people on board were injured.
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