Fatigue continues to be a major factor in maritime incidents despite plentiful legislation to reduce it. The problem is, says the Oil Companies International Marine Forum, OCIMF, is the ambiguities and interpretation of what those rules actually mean in practice.
An information paper recenmtly issued by the OCIMF, Recommendations Relating to the Application of Requirements Governing Seafarers’ Hours of Work and Rest highlights areas of concern with regard to potential ambiguities and differing interpretations of the requirements of applicable Conventions (2010 Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention). The paper considers minimum expectations to ensure compliance with related provisions, recommendations are provided for the information of OCIMF members and the managers and crews of applicable vessels.
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