The captain of the "Shansi" appeared in the Whangarei District Court on Aug 5 and was remanded on bail. The "Shansi" had been at anchor, waiting to berth, for nearly a week before the incident. Whilst the ship had been waiting for a week, the ship was told it was due to come into Northport on Aug 4, so the captain should have been sober. A crew was on board but the ship was empty. It was due to come into port to load some cargo. The China Navigation Company Limited, also known as Swire Shipping said its regulations prohibited any seafarer from navigating or operating any ship's equipment under the influence of alcohol. The spokesman also would not comment further while the matter was before the courts.