A UK court has fined a ship’s captain £6,384 ($8,794) after his vessel was in a near collision with a ferry in Northern Ireland.

Kolapi Utime, 64, pleaded guilty to causing the incident in a prosecution brought by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)’s regulatory compliance investigations team.

On 19 March, Utime was master of the 4,500-dwt Scot Leader (built 2007) that had departed Belfast Port bound for Belfast Lough, which links the city to the Irish Sea.