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STCW: Setting the hours of rest for watch personnel

One of the significant amendments of STCW aimed to address the problem of fatigue, which is a raising concern for the maritime industry, by establishing the minimum hours of rest for watch personnel while at the same time harmonizing them with the MLC, 2006 provisions.

AMSA launches survey on fatigue for seafarers on domestic commercial vessels

AMSA launched the ‘Fatigue Survey – Domestic Commercial Vessels’ focusing on the importance of seafarers’ wellbeing when onboard. The survey aims to get an insight into how seafarers cope with fatigue in order to develop specific guidance, while also encourage safe management practices.  

Feeling fatigue at sea: The importance of seafarers’ wellbeing

Working onboard a ship is a routine; Seafarers – regardless their ranking – live, interact and sometimes perform functions in the same place. Fatigue can trigger sadness and vice versa while active engagement in social life onboard has a real and positive impact on seafarer’s welfare.

Recognizing fatigue and building resilience

Resilience is a term that is widely known during the last years and refers to the ability of an organization to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and prosper. Namely, the term reaches beyond risk management towards a more holistic view of business health and success. 

Mitigating the risk of fatigue: a risk-based approach

Prescribed hours of work and rest limits set out in IMO and ILO Conventions are considered to be the primary fatigue risk management requirements, setting minimum standards of compliance in international shipping. The industry needs more defensive layers than the hours of work and rest regulations to manage the risks of fatigue at sea.

Understanding fatigue and its effects on ship safety

Latest Safety and Shipping Review report by Allianz fears that industry could see an increase in human error and claims related to fatigue or a lack of crew engagement. Besides, human error remains a key safety issue and an underlying factor in many claims and fatigue is considered the main contributory factor in such incidents.

Physical activity important for seafarers’ wellbeing

Höegh Autoliners focuses on the importance of seafarers’ wellness when at sea, highlighting that is crucial to ensure that good mental and physical health is not only a matter for the individual but for the organisation as a whole. Seafarers face many challenges when onboard, travelling for many days; The long time away from family and friends is amongst the most challenging situations they face.

HRAS publishes case study on Indian abandoned seafarer

UK Human Rights at Sea published a third Abandonment of Seafarers Case Study, on behalf of Indian seafarer AB Mayur Gawade. The publication follows the case study on behalf of Captain Ayyappan Swaminathan, Master of the MV Azraqmoiah and the case study concerning the abundance of the eight Indian seafarers in Walvis Bay.

IMO issues updated guidelines on fatigue

The revised guidelines, which were approved during MSC 100, are composed of six modules. Module 1 contains general information on fatigue while the remaining tackle with fatigue in relation to the company, seafarer, awareness and training, ship design, Administration and Port State Authorities.

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