I am conducting a pilot study into an officer’s hours of work during the day to day running of a ship with the aim of:
• Determining the level of minimum manning based on the number of hours it actually takes to run a vessel
• To identify if the MSN 1767 manning guidance is realistic
The implications of undermanning are long established and widely recognised. Exxon Valdez in 1989, Jambo in 2003 and Pasha Bulker in 2007 are just a few examples of how undermanning and the resulting increased workload and fatigue can cause serious incidents.
The MLC guidelines regulate the seafarer’s hours of work or rest, therefore, if the number of actual work hours it takes to run a vessel were known, it would be possible to calculate the necessary level of manning.
Due to the small scale of this study, it is unlikely that the required hours of work for all vessel types, cargos, trading areas etc will be defined. However, if some findings are made, it may prove the validity of such an investigation to be recreated in future studies.
Unfortunately, I only have approximately two weeks (from today: 02.04.2015) to collect as much data as possible before analysis. If you would like to contribute to the investigation, please follow the link below. I shall post the final results later this month or next. I have already written a background review entitled ‘Is minimum manning, safe manning?’ that I would be happy to email to those who may be interested to read it. Furthermore, please comment below as I am very interested to hear your opinion on the matter.
Hope to hear from you all