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.

  • Learning film: #2529
  • Revision: 6.00
  • Published: 01.06.2016
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This film should be utilised as a collaborative tool to drive reflection and sharing of the seafarers’ personal experiences and insights on the subject. Their motivation to speak out is triggered by the guide questions shown after each segment of the film. Through their active involvement in the team discussions, the learners are expected to develop a much deeper understanding about fatigue, its symptoms and measures 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
  • Relate the issues on jet lag and lack of rest and sleep with their own personal experiences
  • Detect the symptoms of fatigue
  • Assess whether an action or behaviour can help avoid or result in fatigue
  • Come up with appropriate and practical measures to avoid fatigue
  • Recognise the role of senior officers in addressing fatigue issues
English, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese,
Duration 15 minutes
Target groups
  • Deck - Operational
  • Deck - Support
  • Engine - Management
  • Engine - Operational
  • Engine - Support
  • Electric - Operational
  • Electric - Support
  • Catering
  • Greens-Jakobsen A/S
  • Seagull AS
Related information
Ship types:
STCW: Operation & Safety