Three Russian Masters caught drunk in European waters in just two days
Three Russian-speaking Masters caught drunk in two days – maybe not even one of them is actual Russian citizen, but European media call them “Russian”, which is not too far from true. Most part of Russian, Ukrainian and Baltic States officers are Russians, or Russian-speaking, or of Russian origin. Comparing to other cases of drunken masters and officers, it must be noted, that the “Russian drinking” percentage hardly exceeds any other nationality, considering the number of Russian officers employed by European shipowners. But now, in the light of recent and ongoing events in Ukraine, EU may take a stricter approach, like the one it took towards Filipino officers.
Karin Lehmann didn’t reach Stavanger because of a drunk Master, Norway
General cargo vessel Karin Lehmann was taken to Tananger instead of Stavanger, Norway, on July 29, after pilot found that master of the vessel was drunk. Police was already waiting for the vessel at the pier at the time of docking. During the day July 30 vessel moved to Stavanger. Master of the vessel most probably, is Russian or Russian-speaking, because officers are a mix of Russian, Ukrainian and Baltic States nationalities.
Drunk Russian Master grounded cement carrier Cemfjord, Kattegat
Cement carrier Cemfjord ran aground at Laeso Rende, Kattegat, Denmark, in the evening July 29, en route from Aalborg to Goole, with 2100 tons of cement on board. Vessel was refloated in the night July 30, no damages and no spills reported. Russian master of the vessel admitted he was drunk at the time of an accident. He was fined 10000 kroner ($1,800), he’s to be replaced with another captain.
Drunk Russian Master arrested in Dundee, UK
Master of general cargo vessel Frifjord was arrested in Dundee UK for being drunk on July 28, when vessel arrived to Tay from Norway. Breath test exceeded legal alcohol limit almost 4 times. Andrejs Borodins was taken to Dundee Court, which rejected his bail. He remained in custody. UK press including BBC called him Russian, because he’s Russian-speaking and definitely of a Russian origin, but he’s a citizen of Latvia.