The 64-year old Master of Russian freighter Brin-Navolok was sentenced to four months in prison at Barrow Crown Court on November 10th after he pleaded guilty to being a master of a ship when under the influence of alcohol. On the afternoon of November 8th the vessel barely missed colliding with another vessel as it entered the port of Barrow-in-Furness. The Russian ship was pushed to safety by a tug thanks to the quick-thinking of Barrow Port marine pilot, Charles Simcox.
Paul Brockwell, prosecuting, told the court that Mr Simcox arrived on the ship’s bridge to advise Master Alexander Tipisov on how to use Barrow Port as it prepared to leave.
Tipisov was breathalyzed at the scene, with the test showing he had 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, well above the legal limit of 35. Brin-Navolok was returning hired equipment to Barrow used on oil rigs in Russia. The vessel has been moored at Associated British Ports Barrow since the incident.