Hours of rest

​​​​Seafarers and fishermen must have at least 10 hours of rest in a 24-hour period. It is possible to divide the hours of rest into a maximum of two periods, one of which must have a duration of least 6 hours. There must be a maximum of 14 hours between the periods of rest.

Seafarers’ total weekly hours of rest must be at lea​st 77 hours. All periods of rest are included in these 77 hours.

The master of the ship or the skipper of a fishing vessel require a seafarer or a fisherman to work when this is necessary for, inter alia, the safety of the ship. If a seafarer or fisherman carries out such required work during a planned period of rest, he or she is subsequently entitled to a sufficient period of rest as soon as possible.


A workday is a 24-hour period starting when the seafarer or fisherman starts working for the first time during a calendar day. A week is a consecutive seven-day period.

For seafarers, but not for fishermen, the Danish Maritime Authority can permit the daily and weekly hours of rest to be calculated within the 24-hour period (midnight to midnight / 00:00 to 24:00). The shipowner can apply for a permit from the Danish Maritime Authority by sending an email to soc@dma.dk​.

Seafarers and fishermen younger than 18 years of age

If you are younger than 18 years of age, you must have a total period of rest of at least 12 hours during the workday. The period of rest for seafarers younger than 18 years of age must, in general, be between 20:00 and 06:00 hours. If you are watchkeeping, the period of rest can, however, be divided into a maximum of two periods, one of which must have a duration of at least eight hours during the hours 20:00 to 06:00. Seafarers younger than 18 years of age must have two consecutive days off during any seven-day period; however, the days off can be postponed if the seafarer is given the same period of at a later period in time.

More on hours of rest

Recording periods of work and hours of rest
Deviations from hours of rest by agreement, including registration of such an agreement


Seafarers, Certification and Social Affairs