An X-Ship Study on Crew Work and Rest Schedule and Fatigue aboard a Halifax-Class Patrol Frigate

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Authors
  1. Wang, W.
  2. Lamb, M.
  3. Chow, R.
  4. Peng, H.
  5. Bouak, F.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN)
Abstract
Sailors’ work and rest schedules, and fatigue were studied onboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montreal during a 10-day at-sea trial. We examined the crew’s work hours and workload, sleep duration and quality, as well as daily fatigue and mood. The results indicated a significant increase of fatigue at the end of the trial, relative to the beginning of the trial. Significantly different patterns of results emerged when the data were analyzed by grouping participants according to their department, watch or rank. An elevated risk for fatigue was identified for watch keepers, particularly those on the bridge. Results from this study support the ongoing validation of a crewing analysis tool SCORE and provide a baseline for assessing crewing options in future X-Ship trials.

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Keywords
Work and rest schedule;fatigue;X-Ship
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2018-R023 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2018
Number of Pages
83
DSTKIM No
CA045900
CANDIS No
806355
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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