- Industry Benchmark, Certified by Lloyd's Register, London
Guidance regarding fitness for
Prevention of fatigue
1. In observing the rest
period requirements, “overriding operational conditions” should be construed to
mean only essential shipboard work which cannot be delayed for safety, security
or environmental reasons or which could not reasonably have been anticipated at
the commencement of the voyage.
2. Although there is no
universally accepted technical definition of fatigue, everyone involved in ship
operations should be alert to the factors which can contribute to fatigue,
including, but not limited to, those
identified by the Organization*, and take
them into account when making decisions on ship operations.
3. In applying regulation
VIII/1, the following should be taken into account:
Provisions made to prevent
fatigue should ensure that excessive or unreasonable overall working hours
are not undertaken. In particular, the minimum rest periods specified in
section A-VIII/1 should not be interpreted as implying that all other hours
may be devoted to watch-keeping or other duties;
The frequency and length of
leave periods, and the granting of compensatory leave, are material factors
in preventing fatigue from building up over a period of time; and
The provisions may be varied for
ships on short sea voyages, provided special safety arrangements are put in
4. Exceptions provided for in
section A-VIII/1, paragraph 9, should be construed to mean the exceptions laid
down by the ILO Convention on Seafarers’ Hours of Work and the Manning of Ships,
1996 (No.180) or the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, when it enters into
The circumstances under which such
exceptions are applied should be defined by the Parties.
5. Based on information
received as a result of investigating maritime casualties, Administrations
should keep their provisions on prevention of fatigue under review.
Prevention of drug and alcohol abuse
6. Drug and alcohol abuse
directly affect the fitness and ability of a seafarer to perform watch-keeping
duties or duties that involve designated safety, prevention of pollution and
security duties. Seafarers found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
should not be permitted to perform watch-keeping duties or duties that involve
designated safety, prevention of pollution and security duties, until they are
no longer impaired in their ability to perform those duties.
* See the annex to IMO Assembly
A.772(18) on Fatigue factor in manning and
safety, paragraphs 2 to 4.4.1 and MSC/Circ.1014. on Guidance on fatigue
mitigation and management.
It must be noted that a ship may
be detained if conditions are violated.
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