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An international consortium of leading research institutions will carry out studies on the longer-term psycho-social issues affecting seafarer fatigue, and cultural differences in interpreting regulations on hours of work and rest.
Individual seafarers and shipping companies will be invited to participate in web surveys, interviews, and measurement of fatigue at sea over long periods of up to six months.
Professor Mike Barnett who is leading the project for Southampton Solent University says: “The research carried out on project HORIZON has provided a scientific basis for fatigue mitigation programmes. MARTHA aims to take this data forward and produce models and recommendations that can be used to benefit the welfare of seafarers, increase the shipping industry’s management of fatigue and increase maritime industry safety.”
Led by Southampton Solent University, the consortium will include: the Stress Research Institute in Stockholm; the Centre for Maritime Society and Health of Esbjerg, Denmark; the University of Southampton; and the Dalian Maritime University in China.
The international ship management association, InterManager, will support the academics in seeking volunteers to participate in the project. “Fatigue is a very serious issue which has not been properly researched yet, especially as it relates to the maritime industry. Project HORIZON established baseline information on fatigue, but it is time we explore the whole issue further. I am delighted that industry and the research partners have come together and that the TK Foundation can assist in this extremely important project. I have no doubt the results will be a ‘game changer’”, says Capt. Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General of InterManager.
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