Guidelines on Fatigue, 2019 Edition

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December 2019


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This publication is a guide to the nature of fatigue and its causes. It outlines preventative measures and countermeasures designed to help combat fatigue on board ship.

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Approved by the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the guidelines in this publication include modules addressing the issue of fatigue from different angles: the company, the seafarer, awareness and training, ship design, and the Administration and port State authorities.

 

It includes examples of sleep and fatigue monitoring tools and of fatigue event report information.

Foreword

List of acronyms and abbreviations

Introduction

 

Module 1 – Fatigue

Module 2 – Fatigue and the company

Module 3 – Fatigue and the seafarer

Module 4 – Fatigue awareness and training

Module 5 – Fatigue and ship design

Module 6 – Fatigue, the Administration and port State authorities

 

Appendix 1 – Examples of sleep and fatigue monitoring tools

Appendix 2 – Example of fatigue event report information

Foreword

 

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), at its seventy-first session (19 to 28 May 1999), considered the issue of human fatigue and agreed to develop practical guidance to provide appropriate information on fatigue to all parties concerned.

 

Consequently, at its seventy-fourth session (30 May to 8 June 2001), MSC approved MSC/Circ.1014 on Guidance on fatigue mitigation and management.

 

MSC, at its ninety-fourth session (17 to 21 November 2014), agreed to undertake a revision of the Guidance on fatigue mitigation and management and instructed the Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW) to conduct the review.

 

Accordingly, MSC, at its 100th session (3 to 7 December 2018), approved the Guidelines on fatigue, finalized by the HTW Sub-Committee, at its fifth session (16 to 20 July 2018). They are composed of self-contained modules addressing the issue of fatigue from different angles: the company, the seafarer, awareness and training, ship design, and the Administration and port State authorities.

 

In approving the Guidelines, IMO Member States were invited to:

 

–– bring the Guidelines to the attention of their maritime Administrations and all stakeholders, including seafarers, companies, naval architects/ship designers and training providers;

–– use the Guidelines as a basis for disseminating information on fatigue (for example by means of pamphlets, video training modules, seminars and workshops); and

–– take the Guidelines into consideration when determining minimum safe manning.

 

 

Companies were strongly urged to take the issue of fatigue into account when developing, implementing and improving safety management systems under the International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM Code).

 


The Guidelines contained in this publication supersede the Guidance on fatigue mitigation and management (MSC.1/Circ.1014), approved on 12 June 2001, and published in 2002 as the first edition of this book.

As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: Guidelines on Fatigue, 2019 Edition
Product Code: MM1481K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280100471, ISBN 10: 9280100475
Published Date: December 2019
Weight: 0.50 kg
Author: IMO

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