Drunk Russian master handed jail sentence

London: A Russian master has been jailed for being over the legal limit for alcohol while in charge of a ship that docked in King’s Lynn on the UK’s east coast.

Local magistrates told Alexander Chuyko that he would be released from custody if he was able to pay the total amount in fines also issued.

Chuyko, 45, admitted 
yesterday to two charges of being a professional master of a ship 
when the alcohol in his breath was over the prescribed limit, and for failing to co-operate to provide a breath test.

Chuyko was in charge of the Latvian controlled 4,100 dwt general cargo ship Vita when he was arrested by police on Monday.

He will serve 28 days in prison unless he can pay a fine worth around $2,000.


Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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