Fatigue management

The ship is a unique workplace. Seafarers are more prone to having lack of quality sleep and rest because of their dynamic working hours, the unpredictable sea and weather conditions, and crew changes every now and then, among others. This lack of quality sleep and rest results into fatigue, which can potentially jeopardize the overall safety of the vessel and the crew.

  • E-learning: #0391
  • Revision: 4.00
  • Published: 15.09.2016
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This e-learning module on Fatigue Management intends to highlight the need for strong awareness about fatigue, the causes, symptoms, effects, and measures that can be done to avoid its occurrence.

Legislation & references
  • MLC 2006
  • IMO MSC. 1/Circ. 1598
  • Project Horizon – a wake up call Research Report 2012 (Project Horizon Consortium)
  • Shipping and Rest How we can do better (Seahealth Denmark)
Learning objectives
  • Recognise the significance of developing strong awareness on fatigue mitigation and management among crew members
  • Define relevant terminologies such as fatigue, sleepiness, sleep cycle, biological clock, and circadian rhythm
  • Describe the causes, symptoms, and effects of fatigue
  • Give recommendations on how to mitigate and manage fatigue
  • Describe what senior officers can initiate or promote to address fatigue issues
  • Importance of fatigue awareness
  • Definitions: fatigue, sleepiness, sleep cycle, biological clock, and circadian rhythm
  • Causes, symptoms and effects of fatigue
  • Measures to mitigate and manage fatigue
  • Senior officers’ role
English, Chinese, Russian,
Duration 45 minutes
Related courses
  • 6205 - Fatigue management
Target groups
  • Deck - Operational
  • Deck - Support
  • Engine - Management
  • Engine - Operational
  • Engine - Support
  • Electric - Operational
  • Electric - Support
  • Catering
  • Green-Jakobsen A/S
  • Seagull AS


Related information
Ship types:
STCW: Operation & Safety
Related courses: 6205 - Fatigue management