Tabak Mellusi & Shisha LLP
Call Today For A Free Consultation 800-781-8419 212-962-1590

Experience You Can
Depend On

Seafarer fatigue is leading to more maritime accidents

There's been a recent uptick in maritime disasters and accidents -- and industry experts are sounding the alarm. They say that the situation could actually get a lot worse.

Safety concerns that have led to worldwide travel restrictions have also kept roughly 300,000 seafarers trapped at work, stuck on expired contracts and essentially working until they drop over from exhaustion.

According to a report by Seafarers' Rights International (SRI), this is creating a pressure cooker full of stress and toxic working conditions that are leading to injuries and casualties. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) also indicates that ship crews are not able to make the staff changes that are important to prevent chronic fatigue.

Working conditions, for many seafarers, are extremely poor -- more so now than ever. Shore leave, which provides a necessary break from the chaos and close conditions on a vessel, is virtually nonexistent right now.

The ability of seafarers to obtain onshore medical treatment when they need it is also sharply curtailed." Seafarers cannot remain at sea indefinitely," said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lin.

When a crew gets exhausted, they can't maintain the same level of safety that a fresh crew can manage. That sort of exhaustion may have contributed to disasters like the deaths of 40 crew members when their ship capsized in bad weather and other tragic events.

If you're a seafarer or who is injured on a ship or you're the loved one of someone who was involved in a fatal boating accident, find out more about the possibility of compensation under maritime law.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Let Us Help You

Schedule A Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Firm Contact Information

29 Broadway, Suite 2311
New York, NY 10006

Toll Free: 800-781-8419
Phone: 212-962-1590
Fax: 212-385-0920
New York Law Office Map