Ship’s captain accused of being drunk


A sea captain appeared in court today accused of being drunk in charge of a ship in Belfast.

Eugenijus Tulauskas was arrested by Harbour Police due to his alleged condition on a container vessel on Sunday.

The 43-year-old Lithuanian, of no fixed abode, faces a charge of having excess alcohol while on duty as professional master of a ship.

No further details of the alleged offence were disclosed at Belfast Magistrates’ Court.

But despite concerns expressed by an investigating officer, Tulauskas is to be granted bail when accommodation approved by police can be found.

He must surrender all travel documents and report daily to police as part of those release conditions.

An exclusion zone has also been drawn up to stop him boarding the ship again.

The court heard that the company who own the vessel intends to fly in another captain to take over sailing duties.

Tulauskas is due to appear again on October 10.