Vodka-fuelled bunker barge master sentenced

A Polish master of a bunker barge has been fined £1,000 at a court in Belfast after he was found to be four times over the limit having taken a bottle of vodka onboard.

Patryk Tetzlaff, 38, refuelling a ferry when he was breathalysed on December 26 and found to be severely over the limit. He is due to head home to Poland where he could face further penalties.

Tetzlaff must pay the fine shortly or face 28 days in custody.

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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