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Fine for Cargo Ship Captain Over Near-Miss With Passenger Ferry in Belfast Lough

29th August 2021
File image of Stena Edda in Liverpool
File image of Stena Edda in Liverpool Credit: Phil Nash/Wikimedia

A cargo vessel skipper who nearly caused a collision with a Stena Line passenger ferry in Belfast Lough has been fined more than £6,000, as BBC News reports.

Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard that 64-year-old Kolapi Utime was captain of the Scot Leader when he turned the 90m vessel in front of the Stena Edda during the incident in March this year.

The cargo ship captain then requested that the ferry alter its course to port, which the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency said was “contrary to good seamanship and collision avoidance”.

BBC News has more on the story HERE.

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