The captain of Dutch vessel, Ruyter ( Aleksandr Iakovtsov ) ran aground on Rathlin Island on the 10th October 2017 has been fined £1,000 at Armagh Magistrates’ Court today after pleading guilty to failing to keep a proper look out. The cargo consisted of timber from Russia to Warrenpoint.
The Agency was called out and the ship continued to Warrenpoint after becoming free, arriving the following afternoon.
An inspection was carried out on 12th October and revealed extensive damage over the forward third of the vessel’s length.
The number 1 double bottom tank was breached and flooded in addition to the fore peak and bow thrust compartment.
Captain Iakovtsov was charged under the Merchant Shipping Distress Signals and Prevention of Collision Regulations 1996 and also of failing to safely navigate his ship and causing serious damage to the ship (in breach of section 58 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995).
Portrush all weather Lifeboat was launched to the incident that evening regarding a 90 metre cargo vessel with 8 persons on board which ran aground at Rathlin Island. However on arrival, the vessel was able to get off rocks without assistance and continue its journey. The crew are returning to station.