Ensuring Seafarer Well-being and Compliance: The Vital Role of Adonis HR in Managing Work and Rest Hours

Bertine Kviteberg
February 13, 2024

Ensuring Seafarer Well-being and Compliance: The Vital Role of Adonis HR in Managing Work and Rest Hours


In the maritime industry, the management of work and rest hours is not just a matter of operational efficiency; it's a critical compliance and safety issue. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have set forth regulations to ensure seafarers have adequate rest and are not overworked, to prevent fatigue and safeguard their health and safety. This article delves into the specifics of these regulations, the concept of rest hours, and the exceptions provided for in the STCW, underscoring the indispensable role of sophisticated software like Adonis HR in navigating these waters.

What are Work and Rest Hours on Ships?

Work and rest hours on ships are governed by strict international regulations, including the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) and the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). These rules stipulate limits on the number of hours seafarers can work and mandate minimum rest periods to combat fatigue. Generally, the regulations require that:

  • The maximum hours of work shall not exceed 14 hours in any 24-hour period and 72 hours in any seven-day period.
  • The minimum hours of rest shall not be less than 10 hours in any 24-hour period and 77 hours in any seven-day period.

The Minimum Daily Rest Hours

Rest hours are defined as periods where a seafarer is not required to perform any work or duties. The minimum daily rest hours, as per international regulations, are not less than 10 hours in any 24-hour period. These rest hours may be divided into no more than two periods, one of which must be at least six hours in length, ensuring seafarers have sufficient uninterrupted rest.

The Meaning of Rest Hours

Rest hours are crucial for ensuring that seafarers have adequate time to recover from their duties, preventing fatigue, and maintaining high levels of alertness and safety. This period is essential for the physical and mental well-being of crew members, allowing them to perform their duties effectively and safely.

Rest Hour Exception for the STCW

The STCW allows for exceptions to the minimum rest hours under specific circumstances, provided that any exceptions are not abused and are compensated for. In emergency situations or during drills, rest hours may be reduced, as long as compensatory rest is provided to ensure that seafarers can recover adequately. These exceptions are closely monitored and must be justified and recorded to ensure compliance with safety standards.

Work and Rest Hours Registration

The Importance of the Right Tool: Adonis HR

Managing the intricacies of work and rest hours, along with ensuring compliance with international regulations, poses significant challenges for maritime operators. Adonis HR offers a comprehensive solution that simplifies these complexities through features such as:

  • Automated Monitoring and Recording: Automatically tracking work and rest hours to ensure compliance with regulations, reducing the risk of human error.
  • Alerts and Notifications: Providing real-time alerts for potential breaches of work and rest hour limits, allowing for proactive adjustments.
  • Comprehensive Reporting: Generating detailed reports for internal review and regulatory inspections, demonstrating compliance effortlessly.
  • Exception Management: Facilitating the recording and management of rest hour exceptions, ensuring all deviations are properly documented and compensated.


The management of work and rest hours in the maritime industry is a critical component of seafarer welfare and operational safety. Adonis HR emerges as an essential tool for maritime operators, offering advanced capabilities to ensure compliance with international regulations, prevent crew fatigue, and maintain high safety standards. By leveraging Adonis HR, companies can navigate the complexities of work and rest hour management with ease, ensuring their operations are not only efficient but also compliant and conducive to the well-being of their most valuable asset—their crew.



Written By

Bertine Kviteberg
Marketing Manager

More from

Bertine Kviteberg

It's Budget Time: Move to the next Level with Adonis HR!

In the digital age, HR and Payroll departments are essential pillars of any organization.

Revolutionizing Maritime Travel Expense Management: A Game-Changer for Ferries, Cruise, and More

In the ever-evolving maritime industry, efficient management of travel expenses emerges as a paramount challenge.

Modernize Travel Expenses with Adonis HR's Innovative Module

Adonis HR's Travel Expenses module revolutionizes the way companies manage travel expenses.

Charting the Course for Efficient Maritime Operations: The Vital Role of Roster Planning

This article outlines the significance of roster planning in the maritime industry.

Setting Sail with Precision: The Imperative of Advanced Crew Planning Software in the Maritime Industry

This article systematically covers the essentials of crew planning and management in the maritime sector.

The Essential Role of Software in Managing Maritime Travel Expenses

This article outlines the intricacies of managing travel expenses in the maritime industry.