A Reuters story (may 20) reports the captain of Celebrity Mercury was fired for drunkeness in Seattle. The staff captain took his place.
See - everyone has to follow the rules. I suspect this captain was "on watch" and this was not a one-time event.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 20 (Reuters) - The captain of a cruise ship docked in Seattle has been stripped of command and will be fired after he failed an alcohol breath test, a spokesman for Celebrity Cruises, said on Saturday.
The unnamed captain of the Mercury cruise liner was taken ashore on Friday after a Coast Guard inspector detected alcohol on his breath and he failed a test, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard's 13th District Command in Seattle.
A staff captain who was on board assumed command of the Mercury, a Celebrity Cruises spokesman said. The liner, which has a capacity of about 1,870 passengers, sails weekly to Alaska from Seattle in the spring and summer.
Michael Sheehan, a spokesman for parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.(RCL.N: Quote, Profile, Research), said in a statement the captain who failed the breath test had been relieved of his command would be dismissed.
Federal maritime law makes it illegal to operate a vessel in U.S. waters with a blood-alcohol content level above 0.04, which represents roughly what a 170-pound man might register up to three hours after consuming a 12-ounce beer.
Company policy forbids any officer from consuming alcohol within eight hours of reporting for duty, a spokesman said.
The Coast Guard command center in Seattle referred further calls on the incident to the local U.S. Attorney's office.
The Seattle Post Intelligencer quoted a Coast Guard official as saying the captain was under investigation for a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison for operating a commercial vessel under the influence of alcohol.