JollyJack wrote:Maximum hours of work in ILO is 16, in Canaian MPR, part 3, it's 18 out of 24. I'm quite well aware of "Official" hours of work and actual hours of work. The official hours are never more than 12 a a day.
In a PSC inspection, I asked for the hours paid.
Here are the rules I was told to follow by one G/L Employer 16 hours worked in 18 with 6 hours "Uninterrupted" Rest in a given 24 hour period broken down like this 16 hours worked, 3 1/2 Hour meal breaks and 1/2 hour for cleanup before rest period
On the self unloading bulk carriers this rule regularly comes into play with the crew required to work cargo operations either loading or unloading the vessel and the clock started when cargo operations start. Usually prior to arrival at a loading or unloading port outside normal Day working hours and the crew can't get the mandated 6 hours "uninterrupted" rest before cargo operations the crew are "Knocked off" so to rest up. This procedure worked fine when everything worked as it should but things go off the rails especially when the shore facility can't give or receive the cargo at the rate promised or expected or there is a shore side breakdown and a promised 1/2 hour repair turns into a 5 or 6 hour repair and the crew are stuck in limbo.
This also causes problems when if during a PSC inspection hours paid is used to determine hours of rest because in some collective agreements if the crew are "Knocked Off" due to a shutdown and are called back out within 4 hours they are paid right through. In order to get around this problem the companies use what is know as an "Hours of Rest" log where each crew member, including the Captain & Chief, must blank out, by their own hand (absolutely not computer generated), blocks on a grid, the hours they work and post the log sheet on their cabin door. The log sheets are retained by the crew member and are signed off by the Captain and or Chief once or twice a month usually around the time electronic payroll records are submitted to the office. The accuracy of these records really come into play in the event of an accident as it did in one particular incident where a crew member was fatality injured after being called out during what should have been a mandatory "Rest period".
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