Posted on February 22, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Dutch-flagged general cargo ship, EEMS Carrier, ran aground in the evening of February the 21st.

The incident occurred at approximately 21:35 pm, near Spodsbjerg, Denmark.

Initially, the ship Captain managed to dislodge the vessel but was promptly told to drop anchor by local maritime authorities.

Based on the radio contact, Funen police had reason to believe the Captain was drunk at the time.

The 49-year old Russian Captain was interrogated in the morning of February the 22nd at the Odense police station.

Even though a blood sample analysis wasn’t available at the time, the Captain had more than the maximum blood alcohol level of 0.5 per thousand.

He was charged for violating the Maritime Act due to drunk sailing and will possibly be facing deportation or even imprisonment.

The Armed Forces Operation Center sent an environmental vessel to the scene in order to investigate the possibility of environmental contamination in the area.

An initial investigation of the ship revealed no leaks.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident.

Posted in Grounding , Accident , Denmark , Europe , Safety

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