Andrejs Borodins had been in charge of a 1,300 tonne cargo vessel while drunk on board

A ship master who was

caught drunk on board while in charge of a cargo vessel has been jailed for

four months at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Andrejs Borodins was

found to be four times over the legal drinking limit earlier this year as he

attempted to bring the Frifjord into

Dundee Harbour.

The 53-year-old, who’s

first language is Russian, was relieved of his duties after he was suspected of

being drunk by a pilot who boarded the vessel on 28 July to help navigate the

River Tay.

After finding Mr

Borodins incoherent and drunkenly stumbling around, pilot Barry Nisbet alerted

harbour officials and local police.

When the ship docked

in Dundee, the authorities were waiting at the quayside and proceeded to arrest

Mr Borodins.

Fiscale depute Eilidh

Robertson told the court: “The vessel made its way from Perth and at around

7.40pm, in the area of Balmerino, a pilot from Dundee harbour, came aboard.

“He was to guide the

vessel through the shipping lanes at the Tay bridges. Mr Nisbet gave the

accused instructions on how to get the vessel through the shipping lanes and

noted he was unable to carry out instructions and was unsteady on his feet.

“He formed the

impression that the accused was under the influence of something and contacted

Dundee Port Authority who notified police.”

Once on dry land, Mr

Borodins failed a breath test and was taken to police head quarters.

Mr Borodins pleaded

guilty on indictment to a charge under the Railways and Transport Safety Act


His defence solicitor

John Jydd said that Mr Borodins was exhausted from doing back-to-back six-hour

shifts and that was his reason for drinking. The defendant said he doesn’t

normally drink much.

Sheriff Alastair Brown

reduced the defendant’s sentence from six months to four, for his early guilty


Speaking at the court,

Sheriff Brown said: “You put yourself in a condition where you were unable to

discharge your responsibilities as master of the vessel.

“I regard that as very

serious – it is a gross breach of your duty.”