Chief officer who slept while cargo ship ran aground fined £5000

On 2nd July 2012 the Antigua and Barbuda registered cargo ship Coastal Isle was en route from Belfast to Greenock when at 0500hrs in the morning it grounded at Garroch Point on the southern coast of the Island of Bute.
Coastal Isle: The cargo ship, seen here from the Eisenhower Pier in Bangor, ran aground on the Island of Bute.Ross

The chief officer of a ship which ran aground on the Island of Bute has been fined £5000 after pleading guilty to failing to safely navigate the boat.

Necati Izmir admitted leaving the bridge at about 3am, two hours before the accident, to go to the toilet when he appeared at Greenock Sheriff Court on 23 November 2012. He was found asleep in bed after the collision.

Izmir said he has no recollection of events until after the Antigua and Barbuda registered cargo ship Coastal Isle ran aground and the second officer found him in his cabin.

The collision, which happened on July 2, 2012, was described by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as a "a very serious incident".

MCA area operations manager Captain Singh Grewal said: "This was a very serious incident. It could so easily have been a dreadful tragedy but fortunately there were no injuries or pollution."

After the ship grounded at Garroch Point on the island's southern coast it was refloated and taken to Greenock, where divers found that it had suffered serious damage for about one third of its length and the fore peak tank was ruptured.

Sentencing Mr Izmir on Tuesday, Sheriff Mrs Anderson fined him £5000.


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