British court fines Indian tanker captain for drinking

A British court today fined the Indian captain of a partially loaded oil tanker USD 2,500 after he was arrested for being drunk at the helm, maritime officials said.

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2010, 22:45 PM IST

London: A British court today fined the
Indian captain of a partially loaded oil tanker USD 2,500
after he was arrested for being drunk at the helm, maritime
officials said.

Rajesh Kuman Singh, 41, pleaded guilty to failing to
supply a breathalyser specimen following his arrest early
Wednesday as the Nord Fast tanker arrived at a jetty at Fawley
oil refinery in southeast England.

The pilot of the 176-metre long, Singapore-registered
vessel had called police after becoming concerned about the
state of the captain, according to a statement from the
Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Singh failed a breath test and was arrested and taken to
a police station, where he recorded a reading of 78
microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath -- far
above the prescribed limit of 35 microgrammes.

However, he refused to take a required second test.

The magistrates said it was a "very serious matter",
although it was mitigated by the fact that Singh had a clean
record.

-PTI