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Time to wake up to the consequences of fatigue

Jan 2007

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  • Editorial (13)

    Editorial (13)


    Almost every accident investigation report these days will cite fatigue as one of the causal features of the accident. Many of these reports are of ship groundings or collisions due to the inattention of a 'fatigued' officer of the watch, because he was suffering from a lack of sleep...

  • Fatigue and an alternative watch system

    Fatigue and an alternative watch system

    Capt Robert Sheen, FNI Vice President, Operations Ocean Shipholdings, Inc

    In 1998, we decided to institute an Alternative Watch System in our five 32,500 DWT product tankers. This scheme was based on one that had been developed by the West German Ministry for Technology and Research, for the operation of single person bridges.

  • Designing to Deal with Fatigue

    Designing to Deal with Fatigue

    Captain E W Lyons, FNI Marine Director F T Everard & Sons Limited

    The nature of the north-west European short sea tanker trade is such that ship operators and sea staff are continually challenged to ensure that fatigue is effectively managed. Clearly that involves careful planning of watchkeeping routines and working practices....

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