1 Administrations shall take account of the danger
posed by fatigue of seafarers, especially those whose duties involve
the safe and secure operation of a ship.
2 All persons who are assigned duty as officer
in charge of a watch or as a rating forming part of a watch and those
whose duties involve designated safety, prevention of pollution and
security duties shall be provided with a rest period of not less than:
3 The hours of rest may be divided into no more
than two periods, one of which shall be at least 6 hours in length,
and the intervals between consecutive periods of rest shall not exceed
4 The requirements for rest periods laid down
in paragraphs 2 and 3 need not be maintained in the case of an emergency
or in other overriding operational conditions. Musters, fire-fighting
and lifeboat drills, and drills prescribed by national laws and regulations
and by international instruments, shall be conducted in a manner that
minimizes the disturbance of rest periods and does not induce fatigue.
5 Administrations shall require that watch schedules
be posted where they are easily accessible. The schedules shall be
established in a standardized formatfootnote in
the working language or languages of the ship and in English.
6 When a seafarer is on call, such as when a machinery
space is unattended, the seafarer shall have an adequate compensatory
rest period if the normal period of rest is disturbed by call-outs
7 Administrations shall require that records of
daily hours of rest of seafarers be maintained in a standardized formatfootnote, in the working language or languages of the
ship and in English, to allow monitoring and verification of compliance
with the provisions of this section. The seafarers shall receive a
copy of the records pertaining to them, which shall be endorsed by
the master or by a person authorized by the master and by the seafarers.
8 Nothing in this section shall be deemed to impair
the right of the master of a ship to require a seafarer to perform
any hours of work necessary for the immediate safety of the ship,
persons on board or cargo, or for the purpose of giving assistance
to other ships or persons in distress at sea. Accordingly, the master
may suspend the schedule of hours of rest and require a seafarer to
perform any hours of work necessary until the normal situation has
been restored. As soon as practicable after the normal situation has
been restored, the master shall ensure that any seafarers who have
performed work in a scheduled rest period are provided with an adequate
period of rest.
9 Parties may allow exceptions from the required
hours of rest in paragraphs 2.2 and 3 above provided that the rest
period is not less than 70 hours in any 7-day period.
Exceptions from the weekly rest period provided for in paragraph
2.2 shall not be allowed for more than two consecutive weeks. The
intervals between two periods of exceptions on board shall not be
less than twice the duration of the exception.
of rest provided for in paragraph 2.1 may be divided into no more
than three periods, one of which shall be at least 6 hours in length
and neither of the other two periods shall be less than one hour in
length. The intervals between consecutive periods of rest shall not
exceed 14 hours. Exceptions shall not extend beyond two 24-hour periods
in any 7-day period.
Exceptions shall, as far as possible,
take into account the guidance regarding prevention of fatigue in section B-VIII/1.
10 Each Administration shall establish, for the
purpose of preventing alcohol abuse, a limit of not greater than 0.05%
blood alcohol level (BAC) or 0.25 mg/l alcohol in the breath or a
quantity of alcohol leading to such alcohol concentration for masters,
officers and other seafarers while performing designated safety, security
and marine environmental duties.