Northern Ireland

Cargo ship captain granted bail

Miroslaw Pozniak
Image caption Miroslaw Pozniak, 55, from Poland has been freed on bail

A captain charged with crashing his ship while under the influence of alcohol has been released on bail.

Miroslaw Pozniak, 55, was at the helm of a cargo ship which was in collision with a passenger ferry in Belfast Lough on 7 March.

At an earlier hearing, Mr Pozniak, who is Polish, admitted the charge.

He was released on £500 bail to an address in Whiteabbey. He has to surrender his passport and seaman's card.

Mr Pozniak must also report to police three times a week.

He is to appear again on 24 April at Downpatrick Crown Court.

Meanwhile, he is due before a court on 3 April as the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are pursuing a parallel prosecution.

The Stena Feronia ferry which had sailed from Birkenhead with almost 100 passengers and crew on board, and the cargo ship Union Moon collided in Belfast Lough between Carrickfergus and Helen's Bay.

Both vessels were damaged in the collision, but no-one was injured.

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