UK: Ship captains sentenced for being ‘over limit’ in charge of vessels Published: 01 May, 2006
AT Great Grimsby Crown Court two ships’ captains have been sentenced for being over the prescribed limit of alcohol whilst in charge of their vessels. Captain Milan Mrsik, 35, of Montenegro had a reading of 155 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath when his vessel the ‘Leader 1’ arrived at Immingham on the 22nd of March this year. The legal limit being 35 microgrammes. In sentencing Judge Simon Hickey said, “Captain Milan Mrsik pleaded guilty immediately and showed genuine remorse, he was a model prisoner and made good use of his time in prison”. Captain Mrsik was sentenced to four months, which was reduced to two months for good behavior and suspended. Captain Lampos Tzachanis, 58 of Greece, of the vessel ‘Centaurus’ was also found to be over the prescribed limit, whilst the vessel was in Immingham on the fourth of April 2006. In handing down a fine of £2000 and costs of £300 Judge Simon Hickey stated, “This man was found to be twice over the prescribed limit” Phil Thompson, Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s (MCA), Surveyor, Hull Marine Office said: “This is the second and third such case in this area in the last few months, It is a trend which we do not wish to see continue. I would hope that the fact that both the prison sentence and substantial fine for the Captains concerned serves as a warning that such behaviour is not tolerated. All seafarers should be reminded that excessive alcohol consumption has no place on board their vessels”.
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