Recommendation MO-2009-004-SR-008

Recommendation issued to: The Danish Maritime Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: MO-2009-004-SR-008
Date issued: 16 December 2009
Safety action status: Closed - Partial Action
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

Safety Issue

Both the 6 hours on/6 hours off work routine for watchkeepers and the modified work routine for deck ratings used on board Thor Gitta, while complying with the ILO 180 and STCW requirements for rest, probably resulted in a cumulative level of fatigue in the crew.

Response from the Danish Maritime Authority

The Danish Maritime Authority recognises the use of programs like FAID to indicate the possibility of fatigue, but regards the indications given by such programs only as normative and not as given proof.

It is the opinion of the Danish Maritime Authority that the 6 hours on/off work routine for watchkeepers and the modified routine for deck ratings on board Thor Gitta does not constitute a problem as long as the hours of rest are in compliance with the Order, ILO Convention 180 and part A, Chapter VIII of the STCW code for crewmembers engaged in watchkeeping.

The Danish Maritime Authority disagrees with the statements indicating that the roster of the AB and the work routine for watchkeepers probably results in a cumulative level of fatigue in the crew.

Safety recommendation

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Danish Maritime Authority undertake further work to address this safety issue.

Initial response
Date issued:
Response from: Danish Maritime Authority
Response text:

The DMA has, in 2008, established a procedure on examination of rest and work hours, as well as outlook whenever a Danish or Greenlandic ship is involved in grounding or collision or has a very serious accident.

In these cases, the Investigation Division gather relevant information and evaluate the information before forwarding them to various departments within the DMA for further consideration. The considerations focus on whether there have been violations of rules in force. Consideration is also focusing on questions in relation to the manning of ships and possible need of changes.

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