Container Ship Captain Faces Sentencing for Exceeding Seafarers’ Alcohol Limit

MSC Roshney V Captain Admits Guilt, awaits Crown Court Verdict after Breathalyser Test Reveals Alarming Levels


In a recent development within the maritime sector, a 65-year-old captain of the containership MSC Roshney V, Zbigniew Chowaniec, is poised to face sentencing at the Crown Court after admitting to overseeing his vessel while exceeding the legally stipulated alcohol limit for seafarers.

The incident unfolded on January 15 when the 4,888 TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) ship docked at the Port of Felixstowe. Subsequently, Chowaniec, a Polish national, was apprehended and transferred to the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre. A breathalyser test administered revealed an alarming 93 mcg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath, a staggering 68 mcg above the prescribed legal limit.

Swift legal proceedings ensued, and Chowaniec entered a guilty plea at the Ipswich Magistrates’ Court the following day. The sentencing is scheduled to take place in February. Post the court appearance, Chowaniec was granted conditional bail, contingent on surrendering his passport.

The MSC Roshney V had embarked on its journey from the Port of Antwerp-Bruges, en route to the Canakkale port in Turkey when the captain’s breach of the seafarers’ alcohol limit came to light. This incident underscores the critical importance of upholding stringent safety measures within the maritime industry to ensure the well-being of seafarers and the integrity of maritime operations.


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