Russian Master sentenced to four months prison for being drunk

64-year old Master of Russian freighter BRIN-NAVOLOK was sentenced to four months in prison at Barrow Crown Court Nov 10 after he pleaded guilty to being a master of a ship when under the influence of alcohol. Vessel barely missed collision with another vessel at around 1445 LT Nov 8, while entering Barrow-in-Furness port, northwest UK, Irish Sea, with pilot on board. According to local media, vessel avoided collision thanks to pilot, who ordered tug to push freighter to safety. Master was breathalyzed at the scene, with the test showing he had 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, well above the legal limit of 35. He had spent the afternoon drinking vodka in celebration of his grandchild's first birthday. Brin-Navolok was returning hired equipment to Barrow used on oil rigs in Russia. The vessel has been moored at Associated British Ports Barrow since the incident. Another captain will have to travel from Russia to sail the ship. As of 1300 UTC Nov 12 vessel was still docked in Barrow.

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