MARITIME | Russian crew found ‘drunk’ after near-grounding in Norway

The track of the Wilson Rhein (

The track of the Wilson Rhein (

Russian master and coxswain were taken by Norwegian authorities for blood tests after a near-grounding.

The 1,800-dwt Wilson Rhine (built 1998) was said to have been in danger of running aground off Marstein overnight on 1 September en route from Rotterdam.

Marine authorities tried to contact the ship, but it managed to swing back just metres from a dangerous shallow and later docked at Sotra with a steel cargo.

The two men, from a crew of six, were found to be intoxicated.

“It is totally unacceptable,” Wilson spokesman Jon Are Gummedal told local media. “We have a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol on our ships.”


I was not quite satisfied with such a brief account, so I googled for news on the “Wilson Rhine” — and found a quite detailed report from the Norwegian newspaper Bergens Tidende (it is in Bokmål Norwegian, but the Google translation is fairly good). Thanks to them, I can show you how close to grounding the ship was:

I don’t know about you, but it looks like a heck of a narrow escape to me!


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