Merchant Shipping Act, 1992

Drunkeness, etc., of passengers or members of crew.

24.—(1) (a) The master of a vessel the subject of a certificate or licence may—

(i) refuse to permit to board the vessel a person who, in the opinion of the master, is, by reason of being under the influence of alcohol or any other drug, in such a condition or misconducts himself in such a manner, as to cause injury or substantial annoyance to persons on the vessel, to cause damage to the vessel or to obstruct, impede or molest a member of the crew of the vessel, or

(ii) put such a person ashore at any convenient place.

(b) A person who, under paragraph (a), has been refused permission to board, or been put ashore from, a vessel shall not be entitled to be repaid any fare paid by him in respect of any voyage or excursion to which his attempted boarding of, or presence on, the vessel related.

(2) If a master or another member of such a vessel as aforesaid is, while on duty, under the influence of alcohol or any other drug to such an extent that his ability to discharge his duties is impaired, he shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000.