Posted on February 28, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Russian Cargo Ship, Seagrand, crashed into the side of a bridge in South Korea, in the afternoon of February the 28th.
At approximately 4:20 pm on Thursday afternoon, the Seagrand sailed into the side of the Gwangan bridge in Busan, South Korea.
Both the vessel and the bridge sustained damages in the process.
According to the Korean Coast Guard (KCG), the lower part of the bi-level bridge has been damaged, but thankfully, no injuries were reported as a result of the collision.
However, portions of the lower bridge had to be closed off as a precaution.
Following the collision, the KCG proceeded to enter the vessel and questioned the crew as to the incident.
Reportedly, the ship’s Captain, who is a Russian national, had a blood alcohol content of 0.086% at the time, considerably higher than the legal limit of 0.03%.
According to KCG, drinking while onboard a vessel isn’t illegal; it remains to be seen whether or not the Captain was at the helm at the time of the incident.
Local authorities are also puzzled as to the direction of the ship at the time. The vessel should have been going in the opposite direction, instead of heading towards the bridge.
KCG also reported that the Seagrand had crashed into a cruise ship while moored at the Busan port, approximately 40 minutes before colliding with the bridge.