Drug and Alcohol Policy

With the ultimate objective of protecting Human Life and the Environment and of assuring the highest standards of Safety at sea, the Company has established a “Zero Tolerance Policy” with respect to consumption and possession of drugs & alcohol on board the vessels.

This Policy and the implementation details that are described below guaranty that:

  1. no seafarer will navigate a ship or operate its onboard equipment while impaired by substances.
  2. all seafarers must be able to respond at any time in an emergency situation using their best capabilities and unobstructed judgment.

The Master is responsible for the implementation of the drug & alcohol policy onboard his ship. The company shall provide him with the equipment and the necessary guidance to administer alcohol tests for all employees, officers and ratings, as well as all the necessary support to implement the disciplinary action.

These regulating policies apply to all Company personnel during their employment period whether onboard or ashore.

ALCOHOL REGULATING POLICY

"Zero Tolerance” applies to all alcoholic beverages, including beer. This means that drinks containing alcohol are not permitted on board Company vessels and may not be consumed by any officer or unlicensed rating, regardless of whether the vessel is underway or in port whether watch keepers or not.

The Company shall perform the following alcohol tests:

  • Pre-Joining: performed by the Company or by its Crewing Offices depending on the seafarer’s location.
  • On Board Random testing: performed randomly and unannounced on board by the Master and Safety Officer to Masters discretion but all crewmembers including the Master must be tested at least once (1) per month.
  • Reasonable cause test: performed when there is reasonable belief that violation of this Policy has taken place.
  • Post-accident test: performed after an accident on those who were directly involved.

Details on frequency and procedure for the above tests are presented in the relevant Procedures of the Company SMS.

Details of the tests are entered in the logbook.

If the alcohol content of any seafarer (including the Master) after properly tested is found to exceed the Company set limit, he will be dismissed without compensation and his name and rank must be immediately reported to the DPA and Crew Manager ashore.

DRUG REGULATING POLICY

”Zero Tolerance” means that the Use, Possession, Distribution or Sale of Drugs & Substances, Is Prohibited

Any use of a prescribed controlled drug which causes, or contributes to unacceptable job performance or unusual behaviour should require the seafarer to be excused from duty until such times as he is repatriated, or treatment and its after effects ceased.

Attention: Officers and crew when embarking must declare to the master any kind of prescribed pharmaceutical drug that they are using and/or are carrying with them.

Company shall perform the following drug tests:

  • Pre joining testing.
  • Unannounced drug tests by a qualified external contractor following chain procedures, at least once (1) per year.
  • Monitoring of supply and distribution of controlled pharmaceuticals.

If the result of drug test is positive the Crewmember will be dismissed without compensation. Immediately Master must report his name and rank to the DPA and Crew Manager ashore. The seafarer is subject to disciplinary action up to dismissal.

Drug & Alcohol Test Procedure

Unannounced Drug & Alcohol tests are performed by a qualified external contractor following chain procedures, at least once per year (1).

Details on frequency and procedure for the above tests are presented in the relevant Procedures of the Company Safety & Quality Management System.

Analysis results are forwarded to the vessel by the external contractor. Copy is sent to the Company for evaluation and record keeping.

Details of the tests are entered in the logbook.

All employees on board and ashore shall comply with this policy at all times. This policy is to be displayed in prominent locations on board the ships and in DS-tankers’ offices.

This policy is available to any interested party upon request.