UPDATED – London, 14th December 2021
Scotline Marine Holdings Limited, owners and managers of the 2018 built general cargo vessel ‘Scot Carrier’ that was in collision with the hopper barge ‘Karin Hoj’, built 1977, at 0227 GMT on December 13th, wish to express deep sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the families of the two crew members of the ‘Karin Hoj’ who have been affected by this most tragic incident.
The ‘Scot Carrier’ is now alongside in the Port of Ystad, Sweden and the crew and Company are co-operating fully with the investigation which is being undertaken by the Swedish, Danish and British authorities.
Following the collision, it is understood that the EPIRB system (Emergency Position-indicating Radiobeacon) of the barge was activated and the Swedish authorities then contacted the ‘Scot Carrier’ for further information.
The 2nd Officer, who was on the bridge at the time requested the Master to come to the bridge of the ‘Scot Carrier’ where he reported contact with the Swedish Coastguard.
Once all crew members had been accounted for and an initial damage assessment completed, the Scot Carrier returned to the location of the incident and launched a rescue boat to participate in the search and rescue operation. It is understood that the time between the incident and the Scot Carrier altering course to the location of the incident was under 25 minutes
In line with standard procedures, it is further understood that all crew members of the ‘Scot Carrier’ were tested for drugs and alcohol with two crew members exceeding the Swedish legal limit for alcohol. Scot Marine Holdings confirm that they have a strict drug and alcohol policy in place and have a zero-tolerance for any breaches that occur.
Further information will be provided as it becomes available.
Pat Adamson, +44 7836 766 947
Charlie Ridgeway, +44 7568 500 075