What is Drugs and Alcohol Policy?

It is well known fact that drugs and alcohol abuse directly affects fitness and ability of a seafarer to perform watch-keeping duties. Seafarers found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol until they are not in proper condition and state of mind to perform their duties , should not be allowed to take in a watch duty at sea / port / anchor.

Shipping companies make their drug and alcohol policy based on the guidelines provided by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF). International Maritime Organization (IMO) recommends the Administration should consider developing national legislation prescribing a maximum of 0.04% blood alcohol level (BAC) during watch keeping duty as a maximum standard on their ship’s. Prohibiting the consumption of alcohol  within 4 hours prior to taking over watch/ duty.

Few common terms of Drugs & Alcohol Policy of all companies: