Drunk Master of bulk carrier African Harrier fined $3,000
The prosecution of a ship’s Master with five times the legal breath alcohol limit has been welcomed by Maritime New Zealand.
Parmod Kumar, Master of the African Harrier, pleaded guilty on 23 March in the Tauranga District Court, to the charge under s40B of the Maritime Transport Act - the first person to be prosecuted since a change to the legislation in October 2013. He was fined $3,000.
The vessel was due to leave Sunday 22 March, but the Pilot expressed concern to Maritime NZ that the Master was under the influence of alcohol.
After visiting the vessel and speaking to the Master and testing him with an onboard breath test kit, the Maritime NZ staff member asked the Police to test the man.
A breath test at Tauranga Police Station showed the man had a breath alcohol level of 1229 micrograms per litre, almost five times the legal limit of 250mg/l, and the man was charged by the Police.
Maritime New Zealand