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‘Systemic failures’ of safe manning rules drive seafarers to falsify work and rest hours

‘Everything is geared towards upholding this lie,’ says seafarer interviewed in the study. Fear of speaking out and lax enforcement of rules leave crew ‘trapped in cognitive dissonance where deviance is normalised’, the report finds

A damning report by the World Maritime University says alteration of work and rest hours by crews is commonplace amid chronic undermanning of ships. It found IMO safe manning rules are mostly ignored, while inspectors rarely check records’ accuracy and flag states fail to enforce compliance

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