Drunk captain jailed

A ship’s captain has been sent to jail for eight weeks and fined £150 for being drunk in charge of a 2,500 dwt ship in UK waters.

Sergey Safronov was so inebriated he had to hand over control of the Pur-Navolok bulker to his chief mate.

When breathalysed Safronov was found to have 80mg of alcohol in his breath – the legal limit for shipping is 25mg.

The ship was sailing up the River Fowey in Cornwall last month when concerns were raised.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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