Maritime Safety Act 2005

Prohibition on operating vessels while under influence of alcohol or drugs.


28.—(1) A person being in command or in charge or another member of the crew of a vessel in Irish waters or an Irish ship in waters anywhere shall not operate or control or attempt to operate or control the vessel or carry out any task or duty in relation to such operation or control while he or she or the other is under the influence of alcohol or a drug or any combination of drugs or drugs and alcohol to such an extent as to be incapable of properly controlling or operating the vessel or carrying out the task or duty.

(2) A person who fails to comply with subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or both.