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UK seafarer gets jail time for fatal Baltic Sea collision 

A Danish court has sentenced a UK seafarer to 18 months in prison for his role in a fatal collision in the Baltic Sea last year.

A 30-year-old officer of the UK-flagged cargo vessel Scot Carrier, who admitted to being drunk at the time of a collision that claimed the lives of two Danish seafarers onboard the cargo ship Karin Høj, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

He was also banned from sailing in Danish waters and will be deported from Denmark after serving his one-and-a-half-year sentence.

The 4,800 dwt Scot Carrier, owned by UK-based Scotline, was en route from Latvia to Scotland when it smashed into the 492 dwt Karin Høj off the Swedish coast and the Danish island of Bornholm on December 13. The latter capsized almost immediately with two crewmembers on board, of which one was found dead aboard the ship, while the other remains missing and is considered dead.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.


  1. With danish crew criminally reduced to 2 persons, ask who should really deserve be in jail?

  2. Sad news all round. Almost light punishment for the drunken Brit. However miminum crew needs a dressing also.

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