Alcohol a Factor in Two Fatal Accidents Involving UK-Flagged Workboat – MAIB Report

  Alcohol played a role in two fatal accidents involving a UK-flagged workboat that occurred less than five months apart in Spain, the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch has determined. MAIB on Wednesday published its investigation report into the two fatalities connected with the operation of the workboat GPS Battler occurring August 13, 2014 and January 6, … [Read more...]

Drunk Ship Captain Arrested in New Zealand

Parmod Kumar, Master of the African Harrier, a 2014-built, 37k deadweight ton bulk carrier, pleaded guilty on Monday in New Zealand's Tauranga District Court to operating a ship under the influence of alcohol.  He was found to have five times the legal breath alcohol limit and is the first person to be prosecuted since a change to the legislation in October 2013. He was fined … [Read more...]

Drunk Tanker Captain Sentenced to Prison

[Image (c) Peninsula Daily News] Seattle – SEONG UG SIN, a citizen of Korea, and captain of the STX Daisy was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 14 days in prison, and 6 months of supervised release, during which time he is not allowed to sail in United States waters. SIN was arrested April 14, 2010, after a Coast Guard inspection crew found him drunk … [Read more...]

Drunk Chief Engineer Refused Lifejacket, Died

Three time a chief engineered refused a lifejacket as he attempted to transfer from a snow and ice-covered launch to the oil and chemical tanker OW Copenhagen using the pilot ladder. He boasted that he had never worn a lifejacket. He fell from the pilot ladder and drowned. Seawater temperature was at freezing point and air temperature was about -5 °C. His body was taken from … [Read more...]

Google’s Simple Test To Check Sobriety Or Alertness

Unofficial Networks, the parent company of gCaptain, runs all of its email servers with commercial version of google's popular email client gMail. There were many reasons for this choice but they all focus in on reliable and innovative features in a simple and easy to use format. So you can imagine our surprise when a new feature showed up called "gMail Goggles". This service … [Read more...]