Human Element

The Human Element and Ship Division, United States Coast Guard

Crew Endurance Management:Extending Beyond Fatigue

Normal maritime operations expose crewmembers to a variety of  operational risk factors, which, left unmanaged, can degrade crew endurance, and thereby both performance and safety levels.

Traditionally, most efforts addressing the human element have been directed towards fatigue management. These and other narrowly focused attempts failed to address the wide range of interrelated variables affecting crew performance within a complex marine safety culture.

Aware of this situation, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center established Crew Endurance Management (CEM), a scientifically based program for improving performance, safety, and morale while simultaneously enduring job-related challenges. It addresses a broad scope of environmental, operational, physiological, and psychological factors.

About the author

Capt. Lech Nowinski