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Captain of Log Ship Charged With Operating Vessel While Intoxicated

The U.S. District Attorney has charged Seong Ug Sin, captain of a 587 Panamanian Log Ship, with operating the vessel while intoxicated. The charges stem from a Coast Guard boarding of the ship in the Straight of Juan de Fuca near Port Angles Washington. A breathalyzer test showed Sin’s alcohol level was .10, nearly three times the legal limit. Sin was charged in United States District Court in Tacoma. Sin faces a possible sentence of up to one year in jail and a $100,000 fine. No trial date has yet been set in the matter. The ship involved remained anchored until the owners could man the vessel with an appropriately licensed replacement.