Marine safety issues and actions

Stevedore working hours and fatigue

Issue number: MO-2012-010-SI-03
Who it affects: All stevedoring companies and their employees
Issue owner: Newcastle Stevedores
Transport function: Marine: Shore-based operations
Background: Investigation Report 296-MO-2012-010
Issue release date: 04 June 2013
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification: Action taken post recommendation adequately addresses the safety issue for the company. The issue should be addressed by the stevedoring industry in general which is developing a code of practice that covers fatigue risk. The ATSB SAN serves to highlight the issue to industry.

Safety issue description

The stevedoring company had not identified stevedore fatigue as a risk to the company or its operations and, as a result, had not implemented a system to manage fatigue. Consequently, its operations were exposed to a level of fatigue-related risk that had not been assessed and treated.

Response to safety issue from: Newcastle Stevedores

Newcastle Stevedores advised the ATSB that the risk should be classified as minor as it had informal fatigue management systems in place at the time of the accident. The company further advised that it has developed draft policies for stevedore fatigue and working hours, and has entered into discussions with the Maritime Union of Australia to finalise these policies.


Action number: MO-2012-010-SR-009
Action organisation: Newcastle Stevedores
Date: 04 June 2013
Action status: Closed

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that Newcastle Stevedores takes further action to address the issue concerning stevedore fatigue in its operations.

Current status:
Issue status: Closed
Justification: Adequate action taken by Newcastle Stevedores.

Safety Advisory Notice

Action number: MO-2012-010-SAN-008
Action organisation: All stevedoring companies
Date: 04 June 2013
Action status: Closed

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau advises that all stevedoring companies should consider having a system to effectively manage stevedore fatigue to reduce safety risk in their operations.

Last update 08 January 2014