Captain lost his job after being found drunk

Dhaka Post Desk

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8 August, 2022


A captain of a chemical tanker has lost his job after being found drunk on board moments before the vessel was due to leave Port Taranaki, New Plymouth, North Island NZ, carrying tonnes of methanol.
About 11pm on Dec 11, SG PEGASUS shipmaster Saurabh Kumar Singh was waiting to be guided out of the harbour by a pilot when a pilot suspected he had been drinking and phoned police and Maritime New Zealand. A pilot is used to guide a ship out of port before disembarking and handing control back to the captain, who maintains command of the vessel the whole time.
When officers arrived at the ship Singh, who was responsible for overseeing the operation of the chemical tanker and its crew, underwent an evidential breath test. He returned a reading of 881 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath – the seafarer’s legal limit is 250mcgs.
SG PEGASUS was due to depart evening Dec 11 for Nelson with tonnes of methanol, but following the incident it did not leave until around 3pm Dec 12 once a replacement master was put on board.
Duty solicitor Josie Mooney said as a consequence her client had lost his job. Employed in the industry for 17 years, Singh, an Indian national, believed he would now struggle to find further work, she said.

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