Fatigue Risk Management

“Crew member fatigue is now acknowledged as a hazard that predictably degrades various types of human performance and can contribute to aviation accidents and incidents. Fatigue is inevitable in 24/7 operations because the human brain and body function optimally with unrestricted sleep at night. Therefore, as fatigue cannot be eliminated, it must be managed.” - International Air Transport Association


Aims & Objectives

  • Define and understand fatigue at sea.

  • Relay the risks associated with fatigue.

  • Develop a recognised, technology-based platform to monitor and reduce fatigue at sea and manage the associated risk.

  • Develop an easy strategy to monitor crew lifestyle to prevent fatigue remotely.

  • Work with aviation to develop a Fatigue Risk Management System for the maritime industry.

“EasyJet’s Fatigue Risk Management System provides analytical data to determine reliable methods of predicting fatigue and alertness in pilots. It was established over ten years ago and is one of only two such systems approved for use by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. easyJet has collaborated with the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on fatigue research and analysis and is now working with the CAA to develop fatigue management principles which will be a benchmark for the rest of the aviation industry.” - Easy Jet

“The shipping industry has been following MARTHA’s progress with interest, as the momentum for revising the guidance on fatigue has grown at the International Maritime Organization. Of particular interest for future research are our findings on individual mood, team working and social cohesion, all of which appear to deteriorate after about six months on board.” - Warsash Maritime Academy