BoardMarine Accident Investigators Forum in Asia

SubjectCall for Action on Fatique Study Hit1709
WriterLee Min Jung Date2006.12.05

Friday, 01 December 2006 <br /> <br />UK officers' union Nautilus, the union for maritime professionals, has called for “urgent and radical action” to<br> combat fatigue at sea following the publication of a major research report into the scale of the problem. <br /> <br />The six-year study was co-sponsored by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and the Health & Safety Executive,<br> with support from the Union and the Seafarers' International Research Centre at Cardiff University. <br /> <br />The 86-page report concludes that excessive working hours are a significant problem for the shipping industry –<br> posing serious safety hazards, and dangers to the health and wellbeing of seafarers. Key findings include: <br>  • Almost 50% of seafarers taking part in the study reported working weeks of 85 hours or more;<br>  • Around half said their working hours had increased over the past 10 years, despite new regulations<br>   intended to combat fatigue;<br>  • Almost 50% of seafarers taking part in the study consider their working hours present a danger to <br>   their personal safety;<br>  • Some 37% said their working hours sometimes posed a danger to the safe operations of their ship;<br>   • One-in-four seafarers said they had fallen asleep while on watch.<br> <br /> <br /> The report recommends a range of measures to address the problem, including a review of the way in which<br> working hours are recorded, better fatigue management training, an industry standard for measuring fatigue, <br>and an auditing tool to assess the significance of various risk factors. <br /> <br />Nautilus UK general secretary Brian Orrell says: “This proves conclusively the serious nature of the problem <br>and themassive scale to which it is suffered by seafarers.”

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