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Drug and Alcohol Policy

The Company has established the DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY applies to all personnel who may sail on or visit the ships managed by the Company and embraces the principals set forth in the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) “Guidelines for the control of drugs and alcohol onboard the Fleet Ships”.

DRUGS; The misuse of legitimate drugs or the use, possession, distribution, or sale of illicit or non-prescribed controlled drugs on board ship or by crewmembers on shore leave is totally prohibited.



The Company will not authorise the employment of any persons who are users of or have a recent record of the use of illegal drugs or have abused the use of prescribed medications. Any crewmember found in contravention of the drug policy of the Company will be instantly dismissed and handed over to the appropriate authorities for prosecution. All are reminded that in certain countries, possession of illegal substances can result in the DEATH PENALTY.

 

ALCOHOL

The final responsibility rests with the Master to control the use of alcohol onboard ship. On dry cargo ships alcohol may only be allowed in strictly limited quantities and its consumption shall be controlled to ensure that:

  • Consumption is limited so that blood alcohol levels never exceed 40mg/100ml.(0.04% (BAC)).
  • Consumption is prohibited 24 hours prior to arrival in port or during port stay or while in U.S. territorial waters.
  • Consumption is prohibited during work periods and a minimum of four hours before any scheduled work period.
  • Purchasing alcohol while ashore with the intent of bringing it on board the vessel for consumption is prohibited.
  • When permitted, the consumption of alcohol onboard vessels will normally be allowed in the mess room or in recreation rooms.The consumption of alcohol in cabins by individual crewmembers on their own is prohibited.

    Excessive consumption of alcohol can have serious adverse affects on an individual’s health and ability to function effectively. Any person found to have an alcohol problem will not be employed aboard the ships managed by the Company. The following table gives guidelines on blood alcohol levels. The table is only a guideline. Alcohol can have differing affects on each individual. 

If any crew member appears to be intoxicated or smelling of alcohol, they should not be allowed to take over a watch or be allowed to report for duty. They will then be required to undergo a breath or saliva analysis test and if the result is 0.04%(BAC) or higher, they will be restricted to their room. They will not be permitted to take a watch or duty until a further test indicates a reading of less than 0.04% (BAC).

 

For on board crew alcohol measurement and record keeping, “g/100ml” (BAC) to be used as unit. In terms of BAC and BrAC, there are also several kinds of different units for measurement (ie: g/L, g/Kg, mmol), but commonly below mentioned unis are being used. For the clarification; in our system, all entries to be made on g/100ml (BAC), so our alcohol limit becomes 0.04% BAC (= 0.04g/100ml = 40mg/100ml). If the alcohol measurement device on board uses a different BAC unit (for example mg/100ml, g/L, etc), then results should be converted to g/100ml BAC unit. Below you may find the conversion table from for different units;

 

 mg/L (BrAC)

ppm

µg / L

 %(mg/ml or g/L) / promile

mg/100ml

(BAC) g/100ml

0.05

26

50

0.10

10

0.01

0.10

52

100

0.20

20

0.02

0.20

104

200

0.40

40

0.04

0.25

130

250

0.50

50

0.05

0.30

156

300

0.60

60

0.06

0.40

208

400

0.80

80

0.08

0.50

260

500

1.00

100

0.10

0.60

312

600

1.20

120

0.12

0.70

364

700

1.40

140

0.14

0.80

416

800

1.60

160

0.16

0.90

468

900

1.80

180

0.18

1.00

520

1000

2.00

200

0.20

 

As a general rule, more than 2 cans of ordinary beer (330ml and containing alcohol by volume not more than 4%) should not be distributed to any crew member at a time. And the distribution interval for any person should not be less than 4 hours in order to let the body to process the alcohol taken. Distribution of any other drink which includes more alcohol ratio or served in bigger volumes to crew is prohibited in order to record and keep the consumption of crew accordingly (For example: If vessel has 500ml can or bottles of beer containing alcohol by volume not more than 4%, then one can/bottle of beer will be counted as 2 of the above explained ordinary one). Different grade/volumed drinks containing more alcohol than ordinary beer may be supplied to vessel, but not for distribution to crew as indicated above. Those drinks should be supplied for the purpose of bounty to the persons visiting the vessel which are not the vessel’s crew members and to be kept in a safe under the control of Master.

The following table gives guidelines on blood alcohol levels. The table is only a guideline. Alcohol can have differing affects on each individual.

No person boarding a Company vessel may possess, use or distribute any drug/substance unless it is part of medical treatment prescribed by a medical doctor. If this should occur, the Master must be immediately informed of all facts relative to the illness and treatment.

 

Any person found to be in possession of or trafficking in an illegal substance will be liable to immediate dismissal from the vessel. They will also be liable to dismissal from the Company and may also be liable to criminal proceedings and could be dealt with by any country in whose jurisdiction the offence has been committed. Drug trafficking is dealt severely by the courts of most countries and sentences may include capital punishment

Any Officer or crew member who has reason to believe that the Master or Chief Engineer is violating the Company’s Drug and Alcohol Policy, shall report the incident to their department head or Senior Officer, who in turn, will report the facts to the DPA.

This policy will be strictly enforced at all times, both ashore and on board.  Anyone who violates the provisions of the Drug and Alcohol Policy of the Company will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include immediate repatriation.