Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Coastal pilot fatigue management


Fatigue can lead to major shipping incidents if not managed properly.

Fatigue risk management plan

AMSA has a number of controls to help deal with the potential for fatigue-related issues associated with coastal pilotage operations.

One key control measure requires coastal pilots to operate under an approved Fatigue Risk Management Plan (FRMP).

The FRMP details the minimum mandatory rest breaks between pilotage tasks and minimum leave requirements, among other things.

Pilotage Providers may develop and use an alternate fatigue risk management plan, subject to AMSA’s approval.

AMSA also requires pilotage providers (and by extension, the coastal pilots they engage) to operate under an approved Safety Management System (SMS).

Pilotage providers’ SMS are subject to compliance audits by AMSA in accordance with Marine Order 54 (Coastal Pilotage).

Further information

For information on various aspects associated with coastal pilot fatigue management, please see the following studies:

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