1. The Maritime Safety Committee, at its seventy-first session (19 to 28 May 1999), considered the issue of human fatigue and agreed to develop practical guidance to provide appropriate information on fatigue to all parties concerned.

  2. Consequently, at its seventy-fourth session (30 May to 8 June 2001), the Committee approved MSC/Circ.1014 on Guidance on fatigue mitigation and management.

  3. The Committee, at its ninety-fourth session (17 to 21 November 2014), agreed to undertake a revision of the Guidance on fatigue mitigation and management and instructed the Sub-Committee on Human Element, Training and Watchkeeping (HTW) to conduct the review.

  4. Accordingly, the Committee, at its 100th session (3 to 7 December 2018), approved the annexed Guidelines on fatigue, finalized by the HTW Sub-committee, at its fifth session (16 to 20 July 2018).

  5. Member States are invited to:

    .1 bring the Guidelines to the attention of their maritime Administrations and all stakeholders, including seafarers, companies, naval architects/ship designers and training providers;

    .2 use the Guidelines as a basis for disseminating information on fatigue (for example by means of pamphlets, video training modules, seminars and workshops); and

    .3 take the Guidelines into consideration when determining minimum safe manning.

  6. Companies are strongly urged to take the issue of fatigue into account when developing, implementing and improving safety management systems under the ISM Code.

  7. This circular supersedes MSC.1/Circ.1014 on Guidance on fatigue mitigation and management, approved on 12 June 2001.

"Guidelines on fatigue" - The complete document