The Crew Report was very kindly copied into an email from Herbert Magney, captain of Heesen’s 44m motoryacht At Last, to his crew, advising them to start thinking about how they would plan their hours of work and rest as required under Regulation 2.3 of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC). Captain Magney was happy for his email to be shared with The Crew Report’s readers, with a view to improve other crewmembers’ understanding of the importance of this particular facet of the Convention.

Hello all crew,

Everyone needs to start thinking how they will manage their work and service responsibilities which need to be done, and the regulated hours of work and rest which will soon be enforced.

We will be installing fingerprint scanners on board and this will be connected to the Triton database for tracking an individual’s hours of work and rest.

The hours of work and rest are in the publication on board and they can be found easily online.

Start thinking now of how your day will need to be structured to accommodate this change.

There will not be anymore work days longer than 14 hours, except in emergencies as determined by the master.

One thing to remember, during your time not working and required sleep time you can be involved in activities like;
Being at a beach barbeque
Riding jet skis
Visiting with guests
Going on hikes or into town

These are elective times to be used as best suited for yourself and your future growth.

A lot to think about.



Speaking to Captain Magney about this email, he told The Crew Report: “My practice is to have all of my crew involved in the implementation of this new set of rules and empower them to create a plan. Then I will sort through the schedules and ideas, and create a policy which then gets enforced. This way they will take ownership of the programme from the start.

“The method of using fingerprint scanners greatly reduces the opportunity for fraudulent entries into a log book made by someone else and makes the mariner responsible for their actions.”

Captain Magney proves the prime example of what a captain needs to do for his crew in the context of the regulatory changes that are fast approaching. Unfortunately there are a number of captains who are shirking responsibility of their crew in this manner, but here we see how a captain can help his crew get to grips with the MLC and encourage them to take responsibility for themselves in a professional manner.