Regulations Governing Shipboard Work and Rest Hours

Rest is a very crucial factor rather necessity in every aspect of work. Be it a manual machine, automated or even the human body, rest is crucial to all irrespective to what or where a person works. Likewise, having a maintained work and rest hours schedule is again a must to keep things working on track and prevention of any accidents or threat to health.

The shipping world is no exception and the seafarers have been witnessed to work more than any other worker from a different work segment. There are records of seafarer to have been claiming in the past that they have worked for 98 hours per week prior to the introduction of the regulations.

Current Regulations at Practice:

The Maritime Labor Convention of 2006 has brought about significant changes to the industry since its introduction and implementation back in August 20th 2013. The advent of this new set of regulation was more like vigilance to seafarer work and rest hours. Prior to the augmentation of this rule the work and rest hours of seafarer was far more dependent on the flag state of the ship. There was neither regularity nor uniformity in the shipping work and rest hours.  Many of these flagships’ regulations followed the STCW. This was a problem since the STCW did not work in conjunction with the ILO’s 180 conventions. Hence work and rest hours became a product of personal interpretation which left many seafarers open to the harsh ship masters.

It was hard for the seafarers to argue or put forth their points addressing fatigue since once out at the sea, the traditional rules were predominant and would not bent leaving the seafarers exhausted working for 98 hours a week which was insanely affecting their health and safety.

Another thing that needed immediate attention was the log in hours and keeping track of the work and rest hours. We are lucky to have products and tools today to address such deformities on board and keep a healthy check on work and rest hours. Companies like Work-ship have rose to picture with innovative desktop and mobile applications designed specifically for shipping industry as it is much easier now to ensure that these mentioned rules and regulations are followed and kept.

The MLC 2006 regulations allow uniformity among all seafarers. These regulations ensure that seafarers, watch keepers and masters all get to rest and work adequately.

In summary, this is what is stipulated in the MLC regulation hours:

Thanks to these regulations that now seafarers take a sigh of relief. By using easy to install and use Work-ship, rest hours and shipboard work management have become considerably easy and comfortable.



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