Thursday, November 28, 2019

Container Ships and Tankers Can Benefit When Sailors and Booze are Subjected to Modern Technology

Now Sophisticated Alcohol Testing Ventures Onto the Ocean Waves
Shipping News Feature

JAPAN – WORLDWIDE – It seems like buses one waits an age for a story about alcohol detection devices then two come along at once. Earlier this week it was fork lift trucks, now it's container ships as K Line declares its determination to ensure all crew aboard its vessels remain sober.

Sailors and booze often go together like fish and chips but the combination has often resulted in tragedy and the huge modern day box vessels and tankers of various types demand all aboard to be fully awake and observant to avoid accidents, hence a zero tolerance of alcohol on all ships belonging to the major lines.

Obviously testing a crew member on a ship underway is different to a driver who will be unable to start and engine before driving off, however it seems the Japanese line is to abandon the previous practice of using simple alcohol detectors and managing the record of test results by the ship’s crew itself in favour of a much more sophisticated approach.

K Line has started to install alcohol detectors linked to smartphones, a product of system development company, Pai-R Co, to vessels under its management. An alcohol detector is connected to the smartphone to launch the dedicated application, then one blows into the detector. The face photo of subject being tested is automatically taken and sent to the cloud on shore via satellite communication, along with the test result.

The resultant 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 on board the vessel in real time.

With introduction of this system, K Line says it expects to have the advantage of an enhanced system of alcohol management, together with a reduction in workload compared to previous alcohol test methods. The company says installation has commenced and it has a target to install in its entire fleet by the middle of 2020.