Art 5 paragraph 1: The limits on hours of work or
rest shall be as follows:
(a) maximum hours of
not exceed : (i) 14 hours in any 24-hour period;
and (ii) 72 hours in any seven-day period;
(b) minimum hours of
rest shall not
be less than : (i) ten hours in any 24-hour period;
and (ii) 77 hours in any
Ref STCW Chapter VII, Section A-VIII/I (Fitness for Duty)
Art 5 paragraph 2: Hours of rest may be divided into no more
than two periods, one of which shall be at least six hours in length, and the
interval between consecutive periods to rest shall not exceed 14 hours.
Art 5 paragraph 6: Nothing in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall prevent the
Member from having national laws and regulations or a procedure for the
competent authority to authorise or register collective agreements permitting
exceptions to the limits set out. Such exceptions shall, as far as possible,
follows the standards set out but may take account for more frequent or longer
leave periods or the granting of compensatory leave for watch-keeping seafarers
or seafarers working on board ships on short voyages.
Art 7 paragraph 1:
Nothing in this Convention shall be deemed to impair the right of the master of
a ship to require a seafarer to perform any hours of work necessary for the
immediate safety of ships, persons on board or cargo, or for the purpose of
giving assistance to other ships or persons in distress at sea.
paragraph 3: As soon as practicable after the normal situation has been
restored, the Master shall ensure that any seafarers who have performed work in
a scheduled rest period are provided with an adequate period of rest.
It must be noted that a ship may
be detained if conditions are violated.
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