The issue of ship personnel fatigue is receiving a great deal of attention in reaction to the worldwide trend toward reduced manning on merchant ships. The author, who is assistant chief of the Merchant Vessel Manning Branch, U.S. Coast Guard, discusses various initiatives that might be pursued to avoid the kind of overburdening of marine personnel that can lead to fatigue. The steps that he recommends be considered by management and labor to ensure safe vessel operations while maintaining minimum crewing levels are: a redefinition of shipboard personnel practices; a redefinition of shoreside personnel practices; an increased utilization of automation; the revision of work schedules; and the elimination of labor-management impediments to the effective utilization of ship personnel.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 3 p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 45
    • Issue Number: No.5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00655761
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM