Dead Tired

By Jaquelyn Burton (Coeval, Inc.) A person who has been awake for 17 hours faces the same risk of a crash as a person who has a BAC reading of 0.05 g/100ml and those who are awake for 24 hours will have a driving performance similar to a person who has a BAC of 0.1 g/100ml. - Adelaide Centre for Sleep Research If being tired is equivalent … [Read more...]

BNWAS – Can The Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm System Prevent Fatigue?

On April 3rdh, 2011, bulkcarrier "Shen Neng 1" hit a coral reef off the Australian west coast. In its final report on the grounding the Australian Transport Safety Bureau put forward that the chief mate was fatigued, affecting his performance as Officer of the Watch (OOW). "Fatigue is one of the key safety risks facing seafarers, and watchkeepers in particular." The ATSB … [Read more...]

Seafarers and Fatigue At Sea [RESEARCH FILM]

The Cardiff University, in collaboration with the Economic and Social Research Council, have just released a research film on what is considered the most comprehensive report on seafarer fatigue ever conducted.  The report, unlike previous studies, is based on surveys, analysis of existing databases and comprehensive field research specific to merchant seaman and fisherman, who … [Read more...]

Crew Fatigue – Are We Really Addressing The Problem?

“Watch-on, stay-on”; 3 months- on, 3 months-off; 28 days-on, 28 days-off: which system causes the greatest fatigue factor? What really is “the fatigue factor” and is the manning system an integral contri- bution to it? A great deal has been said about it lately and a number of accidents are being tagged with it as a contributing cause. When speaking … [Read more...]

Helix Fast Response System Built with Strength of Sound

Helix Energy Solutions Group recently unveiled its Helix Fast Response System (HFRS), a unique Gulf of Mexico oil spill response and containment package consisting of two vessels, the Producer 1 and Q4000, and dedicated subsea components.  The HFRS was critical to Noble Energy receiving the first deepwater Gulf of Mexico drilling permit on 28 February 2011.  Critical to … [Read more...]