Russian mariner crashes 7000 ton ship after drinking half liter of rum
There is a short list of bad behaviors for which inebriation is a semi-valid excuse, like emotionally calling all your exes, eating an entire pie of buffalo chicken pizza by yourself, and uncontrollably sobbing to your Uber driver.
Destroying a 7,000-ton, 423-foot (129-meter) cargo ship, however, is not one of them.
According to a report released on Thursday by the UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch, a Russian mariner managed to run the previously mentioned vessel aground off the coast of Scotland earlier this year because he was too drunk.
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The Lysblink Seaways was on its way from Belfast, Northern Ireland, to Skogn in Norway when it slammed into the rocky shoreline near Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan peninsula at full speed around 2:30 a.m. on February 18.
The incident caused such extensive damage to the hull and fuel tank that 25 tonnes of marine gas oil spilled out into the ocean. Ultimately, the mammoth ship had to be scrapped.
Prior to the incident, the officer made a private phone call while in his cabin, which "caused him anxiety, after which he consumed about 0.5 liter of rum." He then proceeded to take up his midnight watch shift, where he "become inattentive due to the effects of alcohol consumption" according to the report.
Though the officer's level of intoxication at the exact time of the incident is not known, CNN reports that a breathalyzer test taken hours later revealed his blood alcohol content to be 2.71 mg/ml -- almost eight times the UK limit for professional seafarers. That blood alcohol content would be 0.27 in U.S. terminology.
A spokesman from DFDS, the ship's parent company, said that "What happened on the ship was completely irresponsible. We have a very clear and very clearly communicated zero-tolerance alcohol policy which cannot be misunderstood.
The spokesman also said that the officer responsible for the incident is no longer employed by DFDS. Looks like we finally have an answer for the question "what do you do with a drunken sailor?"
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