English captain of logging ship caught drunk at the helm

  • 05/08/2017
Northland Port
The captain appeared to be drunk, and was having trouble berthing the ship. Photo credit: Google

The English captain of a 40,000-tonne logging ship coming into Northland has been arrested after being caught drunk at the helm.

Police say a pilot helping the vessel coming into Port Northland at Marsden Point on Friday called Maritime NZ when the captain appeared to be drunk and was having trouble berthing the ship.

The skipper, a 53-year-old from Devon in England, blew an "exceptionally high" alcohol breath test reading, police said.

The legal limit for a "seafarer" is 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, the same as the limit for driving.

Police said the man was arrested and charged under the Maritime Transport Act.

The skipper appeared in Whangarei District Court on Saturday morning and was granted bail.

He will return to court on Monday.

A conviction could carry up to a year-long jail sentence or a $10,000 fine.