Alleged drunk MV Malali captain faces suspension
The 38-year-old captain of the MV Malali who was found to be above the prescribed legal alcohol limit is now facing suspension.
Police Headquarters released two videos on Monday with the captain, Jermaine Blackman, being administered a breathalyser test with a reading of 141mc.
The prescribed alcohol limit is measured at 35 microgrammes of alcohol. Police said the captain was on duty when the test was conducted. Blackman of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown was enroute to Leguan.
According to the police report, Regional Commander Senior Superintendent Errol Watts said a request was made by the Transport and Harbours Department to conduct a breathalyser test on the boat captain.
Two tests were conducted on the captain with readings 146 and 141, respectively.
The provisions to suspend Blackman is catered for in the River Navigation Regulation of the Laws of Guyana.
Chapter 35 (b) states –“The officer may suspend for such time as he may think fit, or cancel the certificate of competency of any captain of a vessel or steersman or bowman of a boat who – (b) is guilty of drunkenness or neglect when engaged in the performance of his duties.