Cargo vessel Runs Aground After Chief Officer goes to sleep

By Accidents

The Chief Officer of a cargo vessel has been fined after his vessel ran aground when he obviously fell asleep while going to the head.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency of United Kingdom informs that on the 2nd of July, 2012 the registered in Antigua and Barbuda cargo vessel Coastal Isle was on its way from Belfast to Greenock when at 5:00 a.m. she grounded at Garroch Point on the southern coast of the Island of Bute.
Fortunately there weren't injured people or any kind of a pollution and the vessel was refloated a few hours later. The vessel was tugged to Greenock where divers determined that the cargo vessel had suffered serious damage for about 1/3 of its length and the fore peak tank was very damaged too.
In court, the Chief Officer of the vessel, Necati Izmir, admitted that he left the bridge at about 3.00 a.m. to go to the WC and has no recollection of events until after the accident when he was found in his cabin. The captain later testified that the Necati Izmir had been found asleep in his bed.
The Chief Officer pleaded guilty at the Sheriff Court in Greenock in November 2012 for failing to safely navigate his cargo vessel and on Tuesday was fined a total of £5,000.