Sleep inertia is a silent companion to fatigue and mariners would be well served to be aware of its existence. The Nautical Institute gives this warning in its latest Mars Report, in which a tug pushing two barges hit a lock gate. The master suffered from sleep...
Dry bulk representative Intercargo is criticising charterers that prevent crew changes during the period of the charter. The organisation says it has learned that in a number of instances, charterers in the dry bulk sector won’t agree to crew changes despite the...
Taking the watch alone at night while being tired is always a very bad idea. Adding alcohol into the mix is even worse. A recent Mars Report tells of a ship’s master who did just that resulting in the vessel grounding. The incident was covered in a recent Mars...
Performing other tasks than navigation during the watch, fatigue and alcohol all contributed to a car carrier grounding. To top it off, the Bridge Navigation Watch Alarm System was not functioning. The result: a total constructive loss that could easily have been...
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