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Managing and reducing the risk of fatigue at sea

Wednesday 12 August 2020
Fatigue can have serious consequences for the safety and health of seafarers, operational safety and the marine environment.
seafarer at sea

The fatigue guidelines provide information on the causes and consequences of fatigue, and the risks it poses to the safety and health of seafarers, operational safety, security and protection of the marine environment. It will assist all stakeholders to better understand their roles and responsibilities in managing the risk of fatigue.

Fatigue can affect all areas of ship and shore-based operations. Just meeting the requirements of the hours of work and rest (under the STCW Convention) is not enough to manage the risk of fatigue. These guidelines will help determine the other factors that can contribute to fatigue. 

The guidelines are based on the International Maritime Organization Guidelines on Fatigue (MSC.1/Circ. 1598.) and are aimed at regulated Australian and foreign flagged vessels.

Read the Fatigue Guidelines.