Fatigue has long been an issue recognised in the marine industry and has been associated with several accidents at sea. Project MARTHA was launched in 2013, to look at the growing international issue of fatigue in greater detail.
The study aimed to get a better understanding of fatigue, as well as the psychosocial issues associated with long-term fatigue and motivation during long tours of duty. The study was completed over three years by collecting data from industry through questionnaires, diaries and actigraphy watches.
The research conducted under Project MARTHA’s found that:
It was also acknowledged that managing the risk of fatigue can improve the health of crew and minimise near-misses, incidents and accidents at sea.