NAUTILUS International told Fairplay today that recent developments show why the EU-funded Project Horizon on seafarer fatigue is necessary.
The €3.78M ($4.52M), 30-month-long scheme began one year ago and has just finished its pilot stage. It involves the testing of volunteers at various universities to provide a better understanding of seafarer fatigue.
Nautilus spokesman Andrew Linington told Fairplay: “The study could not be more timely, given the publication of new evidence showing fatigue to be a key factor in recent accidents, and in light of the forthcoming discussions at the IMO on the STCW working time limits. We believes this research is essential.”
The last major study on crew fatigue was undertaken by the seafarers’ union in 2006.