Tayside and Central Scotland

Captain accused of being drunk in charge of cargo ship

A ship's captain was arrested at Dundee harbour accused of being drunk in charge of a 1,200-tonne cargo ship.

Andrejs Borodins appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court on Monday after the Norwegian vessel Frifjord docked in the city.

Prosecutors allege the Latvian gave a breath test at almost four times the legal alcohol limit.

He has been remanded in custody and is expected to appear in court again next week.

The Frifjord, a 1,212 gross tonne general cargo ship, is registered in the Bahamas and docked on the Tay on its way from Kristiansund in Norway to Canada.

Prosecutors claim Borodins had a breath alcohol reading of 137mg in 100ml of breath - the legal limit for being in charge of a boat is 35mg.

The Russian speaker was assisted by a translator in court, but made no plea or declaration.

Sheriff Charles Macnair continued the case for further examination and refused Borodons' application for bail.

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