A 51-year-old ship’s captain has been charged with being drunk in charge of a vessel at Teignmouth.
Police supported by Maritime and Coastguard Agency officers attended the cargo vessel Sandettie anchored at Teignmouth Docks just before 6pm on Saturday.
The captain failed a breath test and was arrested.
The cargo ship has been impounded at Teignmouth.
It is understood that the captain of the Dutch registered ship was breathalysed and subsequently arrested.
The Sandettie, which measures nearly 90 metres in length and when full weighs just under 3,000 tonnes, arrived at the South Devon port from Brunsbüttel in northern Germany on December 12.
Its cargo is not known, but it was due to sail to the Netherlands.
A spokesman for Brixham Coastguard confirmed the officers had attended the ship at Teignmouth.
He added that the ship would be able to sail as soon the minimum safe number of crew were on board.
Gert Kolkman from Horlingen, Holland, has since been charged with the offence of being the professional master of a ship whilst over the prescribed limit and will appear before Torquay Magistrates today.