Navigating a massive cargo ship is quite the undertaking. One Russian captain—the one guiding the Seagrand, headed for Vladivostok, Russia—wasn't up for the job on this day.
At around 4:20 p.m. local time, the huge vessel carrying 1,415 tons of steel coils plowed into the side of the Gwangan Bridge in Busan, South Korea, damaging both the bow of the Seagrand and the lower section of the bridge. No injuries were reported. The bridge remains standing, though with a new five-meter hole punched into its side.
Strangely, this wasn't even the Seagrand's first accident today. Some 40 minutes earlier, the same ship had rammed into a moored cruise ship, . By the time authorities finally grabbed the ship and questioned the crew, the captain's blood alcohol content was reportedly tested 0.086 (the legal limit is 0.03). But simply drinking on a ship is not an offense, and the Korean Coast Guard (KCG) doesn't yet know if the captain was at the helm at the time of the accident.
According to and , the captain ignored KCG warnings because "he didn't understand English well" and is currently being detained by authorities.