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01 December 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 03:25 GMT+1

May 22, 2020

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ICS, the rules governing hours of work and rest on board ships continue to be respected

The non-compliance rate has fallen by 25% in the last 12 months

The rules governing working hours and rest time ship board are also respected in this emergency phase determined by the impact on social and economic activities Covid-19 global pandemic. This is underlined by the association International Chamber Shipping (ICS), specifying that its shipping software ISF Watchkeeper compliance. that tracks more than 25 millions of hours of work on board ships carried out each month by identified that the non-compliance rate 25% in the last 12 months.

First launched in 1997, ISF Watchkeeper is used on more than 8,000 ships to provide their operators with evidence compliance with international regulations as required flag states and the control of the landing state. The software helps seafarers manage their working hours and rest on board to ensure that ships can continue to deliver vital goods and supplies.

The ICS pointed out that these statistics, which highlight this trend, are taken from the online version of the software and represent inputs from 4,000 ships operating around the world.

"Since the beginning of the year," the Secretary of State, ICS General Guy Platten - seafarers have had to deal with significant challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the difficulty in implementing crew changes only aggravate this situation. It's good to see that, despite all the difficulties, the seafarers are still able to respect the timeframes for rest they need and breaks necessary to mitigate fatigue. These results confirm that the global maritime community continues to appreciate the importance of safe and compliant working practices, including during what have been extremely operational conditions difficult for all sectors and for many people."

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