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Cargo vessel captain charged with high alcohol reading comes as a reminder and warning to seafarers


“A strong warning and reminder to seafarers” is what Maritime New Zealand’s Northern Regional Manager is calling the recent conviction of a cargo ship captain for an exceptionally high alcohol reading.

Antony Baker, captain of the ship Shansi, was arrested and charged under the relatively new S 40 (c) of the Maritime Transport Act (MTA), after he was found to be over the 250mg alcohol limit.  A pilot who helped with the docking of the 40,000 tonne logging vessel suspected he was under the influence of alcohol and informed the police.  The captain pleaded guilty, and has been suspended and fined $3,000.

This aligns with a domestic initiative of Maritime New Zealand to amend the MTA to introduce new requirements for commercial operators to have drug and alcohol management plans in place.  This has passed through the Select Committee process.  

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