Law Change Soon To Target Reckless And Drink Seafarers

New rules targeting drunk and reckless seafarers are a step closer.

Revised laws that will mean harsher penalties for anyone at sea who causes death through carelessness will go before Jersey's States before the end of the year.

The government says the Shipping Law will be updated to apply to a wider range of watercraft, including jetskis and small speedboats.

The legislation will be changed to introduce new offences that will carry tougher punishments should another sea-goer be killed or serious injured by someone operating a vessel under the influence of drink or drugs. 

The plans were announced in June, and are aimed at making Jersey's inshore waters safer.

"I’m pleased that overall there is clear support for changes which will help keep Jersey’s waters safe by ensuring that all seafarers are more aware of their responsibilities.

“The changes will also allow for a more substantial prosecution of someone whose careless behaviour, or consumption of alcohol or drugs while in charge of a vessel, has led to a death or serious injury. We can now take the legislative process forward and bring the proposals to the States Assembly.” - Economic Development Minister Deputy Kirsten Morel.

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