K Line dry app ensures crew are not lashed

Smartphones have a new use onboard ship – ensuring a sober crew. Japanese shipping major Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) strict alcohol policies onboard have been supplemented by issuing breathalysers linked to smartphones. The system, developed by tech firm Pai-R, is being installed across the K Line fleet.

The alcohol detector is connected to a smartphone to launch a dedicated application. Seafarer then blows into the detector.

The face photo of subject being tested is automatically taken and sent to the cloud onshore via satellite communication along with the test result. This detection data is saved and managed by the shore server and can be accessed and confirmed by management on the vessel as well as in the shore office. In case alcohol is detected, an alert e-mail will be sent to the registered e-mail address that will enable monitoring the alcohol test onboard the vessel in real time.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. George Orwell would be sighing gently, content with the knowledge that his literary creation ‘Big Brother’ is both alive and well, and about to survey ever more ‘proles’ with inhuman digital efficiency.

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