September 6, 2004

U.K jail term follows grounding

On Thursday 2nd September 2004, Mykola Necheporenko, Chief Officer of the vessel JACKIE MOON, pleaded guilty at Scotland's Dunoon Sheriff court to being over the limit for alcohol; prescribed in the U.K.'s new Railways and Transport Act 2003. Sheriff Gilbert told Necheporenko that this was a serious offense and sentenced him to a fine of U.K. pounds 500 (about $900).

Necheporenko had insufficient funds to pay his fine so chose to submit to a two week custodial sentence in place of the fine.

The JACKIE MOON, an 82 meter coaster, grounded on the West Bay, Dunoon, Firth of Forth at 4am on September 1st 2004. The Antigua and Barbuda registered vessel was inbound for Glasgow to collect a cargo of scrap metal. There were six Ukrainian crew members on board, who were uninjured during the incident. The vessel was refloated on a rising tide and the aid of a tug later in the day. No evidence of pollution was detected.


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