Preparing for MLC 2006


  • Date: 29/11/2012

There are now less than nine months to run before the Maritime Labour Convention takes effect on the 20th August 2013.

The MLC represents a significant change to the regulation of employment terms and working conditions for seafarers.  For example, Masters and senior officers will need to be trained in ensuring that the ship is compliant with the MLC including dealing with crew complaints and monitoring working time limits.

Our Legal Briefing suggests a number of action steps for Members to initiate this process, in close consultation with their legal advisors.

The Legal Briefing “Comprehensive rights and protection at work” reviews the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) and explains the implications for Members of its adoption into national labour laws.

As an international legal instrument MLC 2006 does not apply directly to shipowners.  Like all international law, it relies on implementation by countries through their national laws or other measures. It is these national laws that will apply to shipowners, seafarers and ships.

Our website section ‘Maritime Labour Convention (MLC2006)’ is collating the notices and advices from ratifying states on the impending effects of their national laws on shipowners and operators in this area.  An updated set of Club FAQs on MLC 2006 was published in that section this week explaining potential developments on cover in relation to repatriation of seafarers.

Ratifying states will also be required to incorporate MLC compliance as part of their Port State control. Every foreign ship calling, in the normal course of its business or for operational reasons, in the port of an ILO Member may be inspected to review compliance with the Convention in respect of the working and living conditions of seafarers on the ship.

All merchant ships of 500 gross tons or over flagged to a ratifying state and, engaged in international voyages will need to show compliance by carrying a Maritime Labour Certificate and Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance.

The Club will continue to develop various resources to support Members in respect of MLC 2006 compliance and publish them via this special area of the website.  If you have any suggestions on how this information can be made more useful please email them to the website editor.

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