The Company's Drug & Alcohol Policy is in line with industry standards imposed by STCW, ISM and other recommendations (e.g. OCIMF's recommendations contained in "Guidelines for the Control of Drugs and Alcohol On Board Ships").
With regard to Drugs, this Policy is based on the following:
- Any form of drug, with the exemption of prescribed drugs, is totally banned from the Company's 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 on board.
With regard to Alcohol, this Policy is based on the following:
- alcohol impairment shall be defined as a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 40 mg/100 ml or greater,
- One (1) hour of abstinence for each unit of alcohol consumed by seafarers shall be applied,
- Total abstinence from alcohol for four (4) hours prior to a period of scheduled responsibility for all seafarers, i.e watchkeeping duties, port arrival / departure etc.
- Flag, Port or Coastal State requirements which exceed the requirements of this policy shall be adhered to as if included in this policy.
In order to enforce that Policy and ensure that no seafarer employed shall navigate the vessel, operate machinery or carry out his duty whilst he is impaired by drugs or alcohol or suspected to be under the impairment of alcohol or drugs the Company has taken the following measures :
- All seafarers shall undergo medical screening before joining vessels
- This Policy is monitored on board all vessels by the Master.
- In addition, Officers and Ratings may undergo appropriate tests carried out during random examinations at any time, as may be necessary, to the discretion of the Company
- Officers and Rating are subject to unannounced random tests conducted by qualified personnel to Port State and/or managers requirements.
- No alcohol is allowed to be consumed on board by any crew member.
- Seafarers found to be in violation of this Policy shall be immediately released from duty and disciplining action will be taken.
It is therefore reminded to all seafarers that adherence to this Policy is considered as a term of employment.