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...]

Let’s Put An End To The 6&6 Watch Schedule

First published in the April 2011 issue of the Nautical Institute's Seaways magazine, Paul Drouin of wishes to put to rest, once and for all, the commonly acquiesced ''truth'' the that 6 On/6 Off watchkeeping system is an acceptable work practice. He writes: It is time to put an end once and for all to the commonly acknowledged ‘truth' that the six … [Read more...]

The Importance Of Memory At Sea

As a new third mate I was always frustrated by those who demanded I memorize things and it was my belief that a good officer never guesses an answer but rather is able to find information. This is partly true, as the most successful officers have a good knowledge of finding information in publications and a great ability to ask the right people (e.g. Chief Engineer, Port … [Read more...]

Watchstander Fatigue – A Report From Bimco

For half an hour there was almost unbroken silence on the bridge before it was shattered by the unmistakeable sounds of a ship running aground on rocks. The playback from the voyage data recorder told a familiar story to the listening casualty investigators: a lone watchkeeper at night had nodded off with no lookout posted and the watch alarm disabled as his ship sailed blindly … [Read more...]