'Drunken' sailor in the dock in New Zealand

05 August 2017 - 09:22 By AFP
A ship captain was found trying to berth his ship whilst intoxicated in New Zealand. File photo.
A ship captain was found trying to berth his ship whilst intoxicated in New Zealand. File photo.
Image: iStock/Jonathan Austin Daniels

The British captain of a cargo ship found himself in hot water on Saturday as he appeared in court accused of being drunk while trying to berth the vessel at a New Zealand port.

The captain, a 53-year-old Englishman from Devon, had "an exceptionally high" breath alcohol reading, police said in a statement.

The police were called after the pilot assisting with the docking of the 40,000 tonne Shansi became concerned that the captain was under the influence of alcohol.

The limit for a "seafarer" is 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath and any breach carries a 12-month jail term or an NZ$10,000 fine.

The man made a brief appearance in the Whangarei District Court on Saturday and was remanded on bail to reappear on Monday.

The vesselfinder.com website lists the Shansi as 200 metres long with a 28 metre beam and is sailing under the flag of Singapore.

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