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Bulkcarrier allowed to sail with sober captain
On Apr 11 at 5.30 a.m. the "Adfines East" continued its voyage to Busan with another short stop in Longview with an ETA of Apr 26, 2 p.m. The ship had remained at anchor in the Columbia River until a new captain had arrived to take control.
Coast Guard investigating grounding incident
The Coast guard started an investigation after the "Adfines East" broke free from its mooring at Terminal 4 on the Willamette River on Apr 9. The ship had drifted about 1,5 miles downstream to where the river meets the Columbia River where the ship's crew was able to anchor the ship. But as they attempted to return to the terminal, the ship ran aground in a water depth of 27-30 feet. The ship's master was not aboard when the ship broke free, and there was no river pilot aboard either. Instead the ship's second command attempted to bring the ship back to terminal 4 when it ran aground.With the help of tugs the ship was freed and moored at the upper anchorage just north of the confluence of the two rivers. An Oregon Department of Environmental Quality spill response team showed up, but there were no reports of any oil spills in the area related to the grounding. Meanwhile the captain of the ship has pleaded guilty to operating a commercial vessel under the influence of alcohol. Valeriy Sharykin entered the plea on Apr 9 in U.S. District Court in Portland. The 62-year-old Russian citizen was sentenced to two years of probation, a time in which he is barred from sailing U.S. waters. Sharykin also agreed to pay a $1,000 fine to the court and another $1,000 to an alcohol treatment facility. Coast Guard inspectors detected alcohol on the captain's breath during an examination of the freighter. His blood-alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit. Report with photo: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/04/bulk_carrier_runs_aground_on_c.htmlUpload News