A DRUNK captain was arrested on Saturday at Northport in New Zealand after a breath test returned what police called an “exceptionally high” reading.
The pilot on board thought the master appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and contacted Maritime NZ, who asked Whangarei Police to assist.
Police breath-tested, arrested and charged the 53-year-old captain of the Shansi (IMO 9614476). He appeared in court on Saturday and was remanded on bail.
The alcohol limit for a seafarer in New Zealand is 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath and contravention of the rule carries a punishment of 12 months’ imprisonment or a NZ$10,000 fine.
The Shansi is a 31,000 DWT multi-purpose vessel that can carry a variety of cargo. It has a container capacity of 2118 TEU and a maximum bulk capacity of 28,035 tonnes.