New Video Shows Russian Cargo Ship’s Busan Mayhem

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A view of the MV Seagrand hitting a bridge in South Korea, February 28, 2019.

Some new footage published by Korean media today gives us new  look at the mayhem that went down last week in Busan as a Russian cargo ship hit moored sailboat before alliding with a bridge.

As we reported, the 5,998-ton MV Seagrand ran into the side of the Gwangan Bridge near Busan, South Korea last Thursday afternoon. Upon boarding the vessel, the Coast Guard found that the Russian captain had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit. It was also reported that the ship had hit a moored charter boat before alliding with the bridge. A video of the ship hitting the bridge went viral.

Now, some new footage filmed from fixed camera on the bridge of the ship shows that the Seagrand did in fact collide with a catamaran before sailing straight into the side of bridge. In the 10-minute video, you can hear an officer of Seagrand communicating with local VTS, at one point denying that a collision had occurred.

The video cuts in and out, but you can see that after a brief pause following the initial collision with the boat, the Seagrand pulls away from the dock with the motorist bridge off ship’s starboard bow. Moments later, the Seagrand can be seen hitting the bridge, causing its forecastle to collapse on deck.

The Korean Coast Guard said last week it was investigating the incident.