Drunk Russian master jailed for four months in Sweden

Swedish authorities have jailed a Russian master who was found to be intoxicated as his ship ran aground two months ago.

The BBC Lagos, a multipurpose ship, ran aground near Helsingborg port in the Oresund Strait. The vessel was subsequently refloated. The captain pled guilty to being drunk and has now been jailed for four months.

Tests showed the master, who had been drinking whisky, had a blood alcohol content level of 0.276%. The legal limit in Sweden for operating a vehicle at sea is 0.02%.

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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