Japanese shipping group Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) is putting its seafarers through a breathalyser test of sorts. Alcohol detector apps, developed by Pai-R, are being linked to smartphones on “K” Line’s ships. These can determine if the seafarers have been drinking on the job by getting the seafarers to blow into the phone.
The seafarer being tested will be photographed and the image and test result will be transmitted to the management via satellite communications.
In July 2018, a “K” Line car carrier, Makassar Highway, ran aground at full speed in the Tjust archipelago near Loftahammar, Sweden, spilling at least 7,000 litres of oil into the sea. The ship was carrying vehicles from Cuxhaven, Germany, to Södertälje, Sweden. The chief mate was found to have high blood alcohol content and was fined for intoxication and recklessness in maritime traffic.
“K” Line said, “We have been endeavouring to achieve safe navigation through strict alcohol management onboard”.
The detection data is saved and managed by the shore server and can be accessed and confirmed by the management on the vessel, as well as in the shore office. In case alcohol is detected, an alert email will be sent to the registered email address that will enable monitoring the alcohol test onboard the vessel in real time.
“With the introduction of this system, we expect to have the advantage in further enhancement of alcohol management and reduction in workload that will contribute to Work Style Reform onboard our vessels compared with previous alcohol test methods, such as using simple alcohol detectors and managing the record of test results by ship’s crew” added “K” Line .
The apps will be installed starting November 2019 with the target of having these installed in all “K” Line’s managed vessels during the first half of 2020.