In accordance with a Danish police report from Midt- og Vestsjællands Politi, at 13.28 hours on Tuesday, the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) at the Danish Navy asked for police assistance to prosecute the captain of a ship that ran aground in the southern part of the Kattegat approx. 10 km northwest of Odden Ferryport on Sjællands Odde in Denmark.

The JRCC informed that the captain had failed to notify the Danish Authorities of a grounding that had occurred early on Tuesday morning, which is why the captain as the person responsible for the ship was considered to have violated the Act on the Protection of the Marine Environment.

As per report, the police were helped by the Danish Navy to sail out to the grounded ship, whose captain was sober and was charged with the failure to report the grounding, whilst the fine given was DKK 10,000 (about USD 1500).

The police are keeping an eye on the payment of the fine before releasing the vessel, as it was said, and the Danish Navy is in charge of further cooperation with the ship’s crew to get the ship free from the grounding, which until the early hours of the morning has not happened.

AIS signals indicates that the grounded vessel is MV “Defender” of 10,620 deadweight general cargo vessel built 1999 in Japan and sailing under Guinea-Bissau flag. The vessel was enroute from St. Petersburg in Russia to Sibenik in Croatia when she was grounding in the Danish waters.