Tonic Sea master mixed up in drinking scandal

The master of the Tonic Sea bulk carrier has got mixed up in a drinking scandal which could see measures against him including fines and a lengthy ban.

Danish police boarded the 93,000 dwt ship, owned by Germany’s NSC Holding, in the early hours of September 28 while it was en route from Hamburg to Ust-Luga in Russia.

The 44-year-old Polish master of the 2012-built vessel was found to have an alcohol reading of 1.34 when breath-tested at around 2am. He was arrested and taken to Aalborg. The ship has been forced to anchor while it waits for a new master to take command.

The Polish officer could face legal action, a possible fine, and a ban from being a master for up to five years, according to Denmark’s Merchant Shipping Act.

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.
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