At the beginning of this year, maritime trade association InterManager released the initial findings of Project MARTHA, the most comprehensive study on seafarer fatigue so far. What did the industry learn about the difficulties seafarers face at sea, and who is best placed to help?
Care4C is proud to be one of the core partners, which are currently outlining a follow-on project to Martha. Meanwhile, an interesting perspective on the outcome of MARTHA can be found here http://www.ship-technology.com/features/featureasleep-at-the-helm-the-dangerous-impacts-of-seafarer-fatigue-5782587/#.WPi823JYkdQ.facebook.
One of the report’s recommendations is implementing a Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS), an approach found in other transport sectors, such as aviation, road and rail systems. The system involves raising awareness about fatigue through training and cultural change programmes, a reporting system “within a just culture" and data-driven analysis of workload management and monitoring of sleep patterns on board.