A Swedish ferry ran aground some time ago while entering an area of skerries and the case has now been tried in court. A mate, who was occupied with duties other than navigation, was given a fine of about 20,000 SEK, while the lookout was fined about 10,000 SEK.
The court found it remarkable that the lookout saw the ship was heading towards land without warning anybody. The lookout motivated his lack of action by saying he believed that the heading would be restored. The investigation unit states that a very large proportion of groundings and collisions at sea are a result of poor lookout.
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