Circular 71

ATTENTION:
Management
Safety Dpt.

Quality/Environmental Dpt.
Crew/Marine Dpt.
Operations Dpt.

Date: 08/08/2014

REF. NO: TQC-CIRC-71

LAUNCH OF JOINT CONCENTRATED INSPECTION CAMPAIGN ON STCW HOURS OF REST

 

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The Paris MOU, Tokyo MOU, Black Sea MOU and Indian Ocean MOU, will conduct simultaneously a three-month concentrated inspection campaign on STCW Hours of Rest. The three-month campaign will start on September 1, 2014 and end on November 30, 2014.

The CIC is aimed to verify that watchkeeping personnel are meeting the requirements regarding hours of rest as required by STCW 78 as amended (including the Manila amendments) and MLC 2006.

The basic requirements are given below:

  • The Master is considered a seafarer.
  • Hours of work means time during which seafarers are required to do work on account of the ship.
  • Hours of rest means time outside hours of work; this term does not include short breaks.
  • The limits on hours of work or rest shall be as follows
    1. Maximum hours of work shall not exceed:
      1. 14 hours in any 24-hour period; and
      2. 72 hours in any seven-day period;
    2. Minimum hours of rest shall not be less than:
      1. ten hours in any 24-hour period; and
      2. 77 hours in any seven-day period.
  • Hours of rest may be divided into no more than two periods, one of which shall be at least six hours in length, and the interval between consecutive periods of rest shall not exceed 14 hours.
  • Musters, fire-fighting and lifeboat drills, and drills prescribed by national laws and regulations and by international instruments, shall be conducted in a manner that minimizes the disturbance of rest periods and does not induce fatigue.
  • When a seafarer is on call, such as when a machinery space is unattended, the seafarer shall have an adequate compensatory rest period if the normal period of rest is disturbed by call-outs to work.
  • The table with the shipboard working arrangements shall be posted , in an easily accessible place, which shall contain for every position at least:
    1. The schedule of service at sea and service in port; and
    2. The maximum hours of work or the minimum hours of rest required by national laws or regulations or applicable collective agreements.
  • The table with the shipboard working shall be established in a standardized format in the working language or languages of the ship and in English.
  • Records of seafarers’ daily hours of work or of their daily hours of rest shall be maintained to allow monitoring of compliance with MLC 2006. The records shall be in a standardized format established by the competent authority taking into account any available guidelines of the International Labour Organization or shall be in any standard format prepared by the Organization.
  • The seafarers shall receive a copy of the records pertaining to them which shall be endorsed by the master, or a person authorized by the master, and by the seafarers.

If deficiencies are found, actions by the Port State Control Officer may vary from recording a deficiency and instructing the master to rectify it within a certain period to detaining the ship until serious deficiencies have been rectified.

A sample of the PARIS MOU questionnaire is attached.

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