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).
- Fatigue risk management plan (FRMP) [ PDF: 2.11Mb]
- Alternate fatigue risk management plan [ PDF: 250Kb]
For information on various aspects associated with coastal pilot fatigue management, please see the following studies:
- Report 1: Great Barrier Reef Coastal Pilots Fatigue Study 2005 [ PDF: 946Kb].
- Report 2: The work practices of marine pilots: a review [ PDF: 352Kb]
- Report 3: An analysis of the work schedules of Great Barrier Reef Pilots [ PDF: 730Kb]
- Report 4: The impact of Great Barrier Reef Pilotage work on wives and families [ PDF: 730Kb]
- Report 4a Questionnaire [ PDF: 56Kb]
- Report 5: A survey of the work and sleep patterns of Great Barrier Reef Pilots [ PDF: 628Kb]
- Report 6: On tour analyses of the work and rest patterns of Great Barrier Reef Pilots: implications for fatigue management [ PDF: 911Kb]