Fatigue Risk Management: Addressing NTSB Recommendations

Over the past few years CIRCADIAN® has helped river and port pilot associations address fatigue risk in their 24/7 operations. This has included fatigue training, conducting fatigue studies, and testifying before state commissions to support requests for increased rates to ensure good quality pilot sleeping accommodations, and pilot complement levels that are adequate to meet increasing demand for piloting services.

Now the NTSB, as a result of attributing the Eagle Otome collision in the Sabine-Neches Canal to pilot fatigue, has urged state governors to “require local pilot oversight organizations that have not already done so to implement fatigue mitigation and prevention programs that 1) regularly inform mariners of the hazards of fatigue and effective strategies to prevent it, 2) promulgate hours of service rules that prevent fatigue from extended hours of service, insufficient rest within a 24-hour period an disruption of circadian rhythms”

CIRCADIAN® (www.circadian.com) the global leader in fatigue risk management systems (FRMS) has helped marine pilots and many other industries develop and implement fatigue risk management systems, which enable them to avoid the burden of excessive government hours of service regulation. For example we recently helped the petrochemical industry develop an FRMS standard (ANSI/API 755) which removed the threat of government hours of service regulation following the Texas City refinery explosion where the US Chemical Safety Board identified operator fatigue as a major causal factor.

The NTSB recommendations provide clear notice to all pilot associations that the issue of fatigue needs to be promptly addressed in a systematic and comprehensive manner. CIRCADIAN® would be pleased to work with your pilot association to:

  1. Plan, develop and implement a comprehensive Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) tailor made to protect the integrity our your own operations
  2. Provide fatigue training through classroom, or online programs for pilots, dispatchers and other support staff.
  3. Undertake a piloting/staffing analysis to support pilot fee negotiations to fund the hiring of additional pilots, where necessary, to reducing the risk of pilot fatigue
  4. Develop FRMS based scheduling rules that do not disrupt piloting service delivery but provide safeguards against excessive fatigue risk.
  5. Implement sleep apnea screening and treatment programs.
  6. Assess pilot house accommodations to ensure they are designed to mitigate fatigue risk and maximize rest/sleep opportunities while on-call.

For more information about FRMS planning and/or implementation:

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