Seafarers’ total weekly hours of rest must be at least 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 email@example.com.
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