Coastguards have called for better training standards at sea after a ship’s captain was prosecuted for endangering other ships in the Dover Strait.
Ukranian Yuri Moskalenko was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,500 costs after the incident on New Year’s Day.
Magistrates heard how he constantly altered the course of his ship during a period lasting nearly three hours.
Dover coastguard Peter Legg said it was the most dangerous incident in the English Channel for nearly 30 years.
He said coastguards were looking towards better training standards at sea for all nationalities and all companies operating vessels, particularly through the Dover Strait.