The challenges of life onboard a vessel may make crews more eager to the use of drugs or alcohol, which has implications for the safety of the vessel and everyone onboard; Thus, Maritime New Zealand cooperated with The Federation of Commercial Fishermen, Seafood NZ, Fishing InShore New Zealand, Moana Fisheries and Guard Safety to develop a comprehensive health and safety campaign.
Maritime New Zealand, New Zealand’s shipping regulatory agency informed seafarers who are applying for or renewing a certificate of competency or proficiency, or for those they want to use a ring-fenced certificate, that they need to prove that medical fitness and eyesight meet the required standards.
In January 2018, Maritime NZ surveyed people who hold fishing-related certificates, asking their experiences on fatigue and the steps they are taking to minimise it. Most of the 318 respondents were skippers and 82% have been working in the industry for more than 10 years.
Fatigue is a main problem for commercial fishing, often the cause of devastating and sometimes even fatal accidents. In the latest issue of its Lookout publication, Maritime New Zealand shared an infographic citing the key causes of fatigue in fishing sector and best practices when there is struggle to sleep at sea.
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