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DRUNKEN RUSSIAN CAPTAIN JAILED

Friday January 15th, 2010
We all know that vodka is the equivalent to tea for the Russians but when at Russian captain attempted to berth his ship in Southampton whilst three sheets to the wind he got a very nasty shock. The ABP notified the Maritime & Coastguard Agency via Solent Coastguard that the ‘Balu C’ was not being managed properly on its passage through the port. Captain Valery Semenov was found to be three times over the legal alcohol limit and appeared at Southampton Magistrates Court the next morning where he was fined £2000 plus £100 costs. He also lost his £52 pa Job.
The Magistrate said, “He was in charge of a large vessel with twelve souls on board. Fortunately there were few physical consequences on this occasion.”
The 52year-old was jailed for a maximum of 45days or until the fine is paid in full.
Captain Jeremy Smart, Head of the Agency’s Enforcement Unit had this to say about the sozzled ex-captain, “The Master of a ship bears a heavy responsibility. To carry out this responsibility whilst under the influence of alcohol is grossly irresponsible. It is fortunate that on this occasion the vessel berthed safely. The MCA will always pursue such cases with great vigour.”
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