WELLINGTON (AFP) - The British captain of a cargo ship found himself in hot water on Saturday (Aug 5) as he appeared in court, accused of being drunk while trying to berth the vessel at a New Zealand port.
The captain, a 53-year-old Englishman from Devon, had "an exceptionally high" breath alcohol reading, police said in a statement.
The police were called after the pilot assisting with the docking of the 40,000 tonne Shansi became concerned that the captain was under the influence of alcohol.
The limit for a "seafarer" is 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath and any breach carries a 12-month jail term or an NZ$10,000 (S$10,106) fine.
The man made a brief appearance in the Whangarei District Court on Saturday and was remanded on bail to reappear on Monday.
The vesselfinder.com website lists the Shansi as 200m long with a 28m beam and is sailing under the flag of Singapore.