In the interest of the protection of human life, safety at sea and protection of the environment it must be guaranteed that no seafarer will navigate a ship or operate it’s onboard equipment while impaired by substances. Additionally all seafarers must be able to respond at any time in an emergency situation using their best capabilities and unobstructed judgement. These regulating policies apply to all company’s personnel during their employment period whether onboard or ashore. 

The Company's Drug and Alcohol Policy exceeds the recommendations contained in OCIMF's 'Guidelines for the Control of Drugs and Alcohol On Board Ship'. No seafarer, whatever rank, will be employed on board any Company Vessel, while impaired by drugs or alcohol or if there is a risk for such impairment. 

  

Alcohol Policy

The consumption of alcohol whilst on board is totally prohibited.

Zero tolerance is the only acceptable level (i.e. no alcohol is permitted onboard), throughout  the seafarers’ service from sign on till repatriation.

 

Drugs Policy

Any form of drug, with the exception of prescribed drugs, is totally banned from Company managed vessels.  Personnel on prescribed drugs must declare this fact to the Master upon joining the vessel, or upon prescription if prescribed during the period of service onboard.  The Master if on prescribed drugs must declare this fact to the company prior joining the vessel, or upon prescription if prescribed during the period of service onboard.

The misuse of legitimate drugs or the use, possession, distribution or sale of illicit or unprescribed controlled drugs ashore or onboard ship or by shore staff/crew members on leave is 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 drugs. Any crew member found in contravention of the Company's drug policy will be instantly dismissed and handed over to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.  All are reminded that in certain countries possession of illegal drugs can result in the Death Penalty.

 

The Master is responsible for maintaining and the implementation of Drug & Alcohol Policy onboard his ship. The company shall provide him with the equipment and the necessary guidance to administer for drugs and alcohol tests for all employees, officers and ratings, as well as all necessary support to implement the disciplinary action. These regulating policies apply to all Company’s personnel during their employment period whether onboard or ashore.

 

Company performs the following Drug & Alcohol Tests

• Pre-joining

• Random Testing by Master on board at least once at every port

• Random testing by Company once a year per vessel and one additional per Fleet

• Post-accident

Officers and ratings are required to sign a statement of acceptance of the Company Drug and Alcohol Policy.