The limits on hours of work or rest shall be
maximum hours of work which shall not exceed
fourteen hours in any 24 hour period;
72 hours in any seven-day period; or
minimum hours of rest which shall not
be less than: (i)
ten hours in any 24 hour
period; and (ii)
72 hours in any seven-day
Hours of rest may be divided into no more than two
periods, one of which shall be at least six hours in length and the interval between
consecutive periods of rest shall not exceed 14 hours.
Musters, fire-fighting and lifeboat
drills, and prescribed by national laws and regulations and by international
instruments shall be conducted in a manner that minimises the disturbance of rest
periods and does not induce fatigue. 4.
respect of situations when a seafarer is on call, such as when a machinery space is
unattended, the seafarer shall have an adequate compensatory rest period if the normal
period of rest is disturbed by call-outs to work.
With regard to paragraphs 3 and 4, where
no collective agreement or arbitration award exists or if the competent authority
determines that the provisions in the agreement or award are inadequate, it would be
for the competent authority to determine such provisions to ensure that the seafarers
concerned have sufficient rest. 6.
regard for the general principles of the protection of the health and safety of
workers, Member States may have national laws, regulations or a procedure for the
competent authority to authorise or register collective agreements permitting
exceptions to the limits set out in paragraphs 1 and 2. Such exceptions shall, as far
as possible, follow the standards set out but may take account of more frequent or
longer leave periods, or the granting of compensatory leave for watchkeeping seafarers
or seafarers working on board ship on short voyages.
A table shall be posted, in an easily
accessible place, with the shipboard working arrangements, which shall contain for
every position at least: (a)
the schedule of service at
sea and service in port; and (b)
hours of work or the minimum hours of rest required by the laws, regulations or
collective agreements in force in the Member States. 8.
referred to in paragraph 7 shall be established in a standardised format in the
working language or languages of the ship and in English.