Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line, a part of Japan’s shipping major MOL, suspended the Master of the cruise ship Nippon Maru, after the vessel allided into a U.S. Navy fuel pier in Apra Harbor in the Port of Guam on December 30, 2018. Neither passengers, nor crewmembers were injured and there was no fuel spill from the collision.
The Captain of the Panama-registered oil and chemical tanker ‘Pegasus’ was fined $1,000 and removed from his position for exceeding the alcohol limit in New Zealand waters, prior departing New Plymouth on the evening of December 11. Maritime NZ’s Regional Manager Central, Michael-Paul Abbott, said that the sentencing is a strong reminder for seafarers.
Ireland’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board issued an accident report on a fatal incident onboard the RoRo ferry ‘European Endeavour’. While the ferry was loading the vehicular cargo, on 22nd June 2017, in Dublin, one of the crew was found unconscious at the rear of a trailer. After unsuccessful resuscitation attempts, he was declared dead.
UK MAIB informs of a fatality on board a fishing vessel. Namely, a crew man lost his life when he fell in between two vessels. Before the fatality, the crewmembers of the fishing boat were drinking in a bar close to the harbour. Poor weather and the level of alcohol in his system is likely to have adversely affected his risk perception.
The Shipowners Club issued a revised edition of its ‘Drugs and Alcohol at Sea’ booklet, to encourage healthy lifestyle onboard. The guide includes signs to assist operators in identifying drug and alcohol related issues onboard, legal implications, as well as loss prevention advice.
The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 35-foot cabin cruiser, after the operator was found boating under the influence of alcohol, Sunday in the Miami River. The station crew terminated the vessel’s voyage due to the operator failing both the field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests.
Six Royal Navy sailors from the UK’s newest and largest aircraft carrier ‘HMS Queen Elizabeth’, have been arrested Wednesday in Florida, allegedly over drinking and misbehaving in public. HMS Queen Elizabeth set sail from Portsmouth on its first transatlantic voyage on 18 August.
On 12 November 2017, a deckhand on the fishing vessel Illustris entered the water after probably falling overboard. He had spent the afternoon and evening ashore and had just returned to the vessel. Although the deckhand’s fall was not witnessed, postmortem examination report indicated high level of alcohol.
An oil spill has been reported after the Panama-flagged car carrier ‘Makassar Highway’ ran aground in an archipelago north of Vastervik on the Baltic Sea, in the afternoon hours of Monday, according to data provided by Swedish officials.
On the occasion of the UK’s first Maritime Safety Week, the British Ports Association has called for new legislation to introduce alcohol limits for non-professional mariners, replicating the rules that already exist for commercial ships in British waters.
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