VIDEO: Cargoship with drunken Master hits bridge in Busan

The Master of a Russian cargoship has been detained for sailing under the influence of alcohol after the vessel hit a bridge in Busan, South Korea.

The 5,998 tonne, general cargoship Seagrand veered off course hitting Gwangan Bridge in Busan yesterday afternoon. A video of the vessel colliding with the bridge can be viewed below.

According to reports the Korea Coast Guard (KCG) detained the vessel and its Captain had a blood alcohol content of 0.086%, well above the legal limit of 0.03%. While the Master’s blood alcohol level was high enough for his license to be revoked it is only an offence if he was at the helm at the time of the accident. It remains unclear if he was steering the vessel at the time of the incident.

The Seagrand was bound from Busan to Vladivostock at the time of the accident and is reported to have hit a cruise ship that was moored 40 minutes prior to the collision with the bridge.

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Posted 1 March 2019

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Editor, Seatrade Maritime News Marcus Hand is the editor of Seatrade Maritime News and a dedicated maritime journalist with nearly two decades of experience covering the shipping industry in Asia. In addition to running Seatrade's maritime and offshore news website based from Singapore he is the Asia Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review. Marcus is also an experienced industry commentator and has chaired many conferences and round tables. Prior to joining Seatrade at the beginning of 2010 Marcus worked for shipping industry journal Lloyd's List for a decade and previous to that the Singapore Business Times covering shipping and aviation.

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