THE master of the UK emergency towing vesselwhich ran aground off the Shetlands on September 3, faced five charges at a court in Lerwick last week.
Peter Leask, 42, entered no plea to the charges which included being three times over the legal blood alcohol limit, contrary to the Railways and Transoport Act 2003. He was also charged on three counts under the Merchant Shipping Act and one count under the 1974 Control of Pollution Act.
The vessel was damaged and spilt about 200 tons of gas oil. It is owned Klyne Tugs of Lowestoft and operated under contract to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch is also investigating the incident.