World Maritime University seeks seafarer opinion on working hours

The World Maritime University (WMU) is calling all seafarers to participate in a survey on hours of work/rest, workload, and ship manning.

Recently, the International Maritime Organization proposed the initiation of a scoping exercise to enhance the effectiveness of provisions on seafarers’ hours of work and rest hours, and on fatigue. The WMU’s survey, funded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, will serve as a sounding board for this discussion.

Research from a WMU team published in November 2020 underlined systemic failures in the implementation of the regulatory regime for seafarers’ hours of work and rest, undermining the credibility of international regulations relating to working hours.

WMU is conducting the survey in collaboration with the International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations (IFSMA), the Nautical Institute (NI), the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), and the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN).

To take the survey, click here.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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