MUR Shipping fires drunk captain

Auckland: MUR Shipping has fired Pramod Kumar, the captain of bulk carrier African Harrier (37,800dwt, built 2014) who was charged and fined in New Zealand yesterday for operating the ship while over the legal blood alcohol limit.

Kumar was charged under the Maritime Transport Act clocking around 5 times over the legal limit while in command of the vessel at Port Tauranga, and was fined NZ$3,000 ($2,286).

In a statement on the matter, MUR ceo Robert Muirhead said: “I am shocked and disappointed by this serious breach of the regulations and have immediately ordered a full inquiry into the facts”.

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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