Fatigue aboard Sail Training Vessels: Sea Education Association’s Case Study
Workloads, rest & fatigue have been a focus of the merchant fleet during the past decade. Many marine casualty investigations include fatigue as a contributing factor. Traditional sailing vessels often demand unique work schedules and watch rotations resulting in crew fatigue. Understanding the causes and effects of fatigue balanced by a realistic schedule for rest can improve your crew’s performance. SEA’s exploration of workloads, watch rotations, rest, and fatigue offer interesting insight into safe vessel operations.
Captain Virginia Land McGuire Ed. M, Associate Dean for Financial Aid and Student Services, Associate Professor of Nautical Science, Sea Education Association
Captain Virginia Land McGuire, Ed M, is the Associate Dean for Financial Aid and Student Services, at Sea Education Association, where she has also served as Associate Professor of Nautical Science since 2000. She holds a 1600ton Ocean Master’s License for Steam, Motor and Auxiliary Sail Vessels and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician with wilderness designation. Prior to her appointment to the faculty, she served as Master of a number of Tall Ships including TOLE MORE, LIBERTY CLIPPER and OCEAN STAR. Her professional areas of research include Medical Care in Remote Environments, Meteorology and Teaching and Learning Styles. She resides on Cape Cod with her family.