Tuesday, June 1, 2010

STCW revision must address fatique

Fatigue, on many types of ship, is a major problem, if not an absolute scandal, one that could rebound upon the industry , much as did its use of asbestos, if the premature death of seafarers can be associated with their working practices, which is not without the realms of possibility.But almost as important is the failure to accept that in the 21st century, it is no longer acceptable to have exhausted people, whose brains are barely functioning, controlling enormous mobile pieces of machinery operating in a hostile environment. It is unacceptable in the skies, on the roads, in factories and in public transport, and it remains a matter of some curiosity that a similar attitude does not prevail on the seas.
Source: claymaitland.com

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