Technical Management HSQE

Health – Rest Hours

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) was established by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in 1978 and had major revisions including the Manila Amendments of 2010.  Within these amendments were revised requirements on hours of work and rest aimed at reducing fatigue.

Fatigue has long been seen by IMO and Flag States, including the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) of the UK Government, as a major contributing factor to accidents, personal injuries and casualties at sea.

Aligned to this is the recognition by seafarers of the proliferation of non-productive tasks involving paperwork.

ID2, through innovative applications of digital documentation, can drastically reduce and potentially eliminate paperwork.

Tablet based work instructions / checklists, aligned to supporting links of detailed operating procedures, allow better man management opportunities to maximise the potential within the available workforce.

Single point data entry eliminates transposition errors and the multiple repetition of data within several reports ensures productive time is used efficiently and non-productive time is reduced thus offering a significant improvement in fatigue avoidance.


Our contribution to the safety of seafarers is specifically to ensure the full instruction, information and supporting data are available to the individual, at the place of work when duties are performed.  This clarity of real information on task; associated with the certainty that all in the vessel are also supplied with the same level of instruction ensures practices on board are at the same level of diligence and immediate reporting irrespective of other influences.


The competence of crew on board is entirely dependent on the Corporate Style of the managing company.  We provide tools to management ashore to ensure clarity of responsibility and the ability to demonstrate completion of accountable actions.  This provides a constant line of communication irrespective of changing crew.


Our systems for preventing MARPOL transgressions are specifically preventative – seals have to be broken – and the clear message is that transgressions are not accepted.  In addition the electronic recording, authenticated by a location tag, with the name of the officer and the time of the action taken closely defines accountability.  The Oil Record Book is available ashore contemporaneously.


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Demonstrating TMSA Level: This system can be used to demonstrate in a vetting sense that performance / compliance trends are being monitored across the fleet. This is important as the Operator’s TMSA level should be at one with their business objective and therefore it can be used with customers/charterers to demonstrate the business operating objective is being achieved. Tim Knowles

Author, Tanker Vetting, Witherby’s Seamanship