Hello folks, I’m looking to understand the USCG 12 Hour Rule.
A quick google search for “uscg 12 hour rule” hits this document right away:
I’m specifically looking into Inland/NC towing vessels less than 200GRT.
#3 Watchkeeping > paragraph F says:
46 U.S.C §8104(h) establishes that licensed operators of towing vessels subject to 46 U.S.C.
§8904 may not work in excess of 12 hours in any consecutive 24-hour period, except in an
So that’s pretty straight forward:
[li]operators may not work more than 12 hours in the last 24 hours[/li][/ul]
Then we get into some [B]STCW requirements[/B]. If the tug is Uninspected, maybe the STCW requirements don’t apply?* But if they did, we have additional requirements for “both short and long term rest requirements for watchkeeping personnel.”
[li]all engineers and watchkeepers shall receive 10 hours of rest in any 24-hour period[/li][li]hours of rest must be in no more than 2 chunks, one of which must be at least 6 hours[/li][li]10 hours rest can be reduced to 6 consecutive hours rest so long as:[/li][LIST]
[li]this reduction does not repeat longer than 2 days AND[/li][li]70 hours rest per 7-day period must be met[/li][/ul]
I’m looking for any rewording, or corrections to my interpretations above.
So the culmination of this inquiry and work is going to be a Google Doc spreadsheet where operators can input the work they do, and be told by that spreadsheet if they are “out of hours” and how long of a rest period they are required to take. I think it would be neat if, in addition to the Policy Letter the USCG released, they released a downloadable spreadsheet that did just what I said. Or better yet, an app. A USCG app. That would be slick.
After this project, if anyone is interested in getting a copy of the spreadsheet, message me and I’ll be happy to oblige.
The United States exempts mariners from STCW requirements ifserving on vessels of less than 200 gross tons sailing on near coastal domestic
[I]document pg16 [/I]UTVGUIDEBOOK PDF