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  Drunken master fined for collision

    Monday 12 November 2012

The master of the "Ronita" was sentenced to pay 1800 Euro and three years prison with a probation time of two years and was prohibitied to enter Dutch ports for two years at the Middelburg Magistrate on Nov 9, 2012.

On May 24 the Belgian man was found to be drunk when the "Ronita" ran into the tanker "Polargas" which was loaded with 10,034 tons of ammonia on the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal.

The "Ronita" also hit the pusher tug "Henry VII" at the Yara fertilizer plant in the Has Port before coming to a standstill on the banks. A breathalyzer test revealed that the master of the "Ronita" had consumed almost five times more than the permitted amount of alcohol. The punishment was equal to the demand of the prosecutor.