Yacht Crew Hours of Work Clampdown

MCA to get Tough on Hours of Work Regulations

As part of their work towards tackling seafarer fatigue MCA surveyors will be taking a critical look at the hours-of-work/rest records during surveys and inspections to ensure legislation is being adhered to. Anyone found failing to meet safety standards can expect the Agency to take prompt and tough action

As part of their work with the industry and seafarer unions to develop a coherent strategy to reduce seafarer fatigue, the MCA will:

  • Emphasise enforcement of working time regulations;
  • Seek international recognition of the problem of fatigue at sea; and
  • Seek a cultural shift over the longer term so that excessive working hours are no longer acceptable.

Peter Cardy, Chief Executive of the MCA said

“Our targets are challenging but practical, and reflect my wish to work with the shipping and fishing industries to improve standards of safety. Seafarer fatigue is well known to be the root of many accidents at sea, and fishing still represents one of the most dangerous occupations within the UK. MCA staff are dedicated to improving safety standards and the high level of professionalism that exists through the Agency is envied world wide. My role is to lead the Agency as we work in partnership to deliver measurable and substantive improvements to these industries that we care so passionately about.  Our inspections will check safety standards and we will not hesitate to take enforcement action where necessary.”