Malta - MLC 2006 Compliance resources

Update on Malta implementation of MLC 2006

Malta is in the process of ratification of the MLC and has released the draft of the MLC rules which members with Malta flag can use as guidance.

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to inform all concerned that Malta ratified the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) on 18 January 2013. The Convention shall enter into force for Malta on 20 August 2013. The MLC will be transposed in the Laws of Malta through the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) Rules, 2013.

The MLC aims to achieve both favorable working conditions for seafarers and secure economic interests in fair competition for quality shipowners. The new Convention consolidates and updates more than 68 international labour standards related to the maritime sector adopted over the last 80 years.

The MLC sets out seafarers' rights to favorable conditions of work on a wide range of subjects and aims to be globally applicable, easily understandable, readily updatable and uniformly enforced. It has been designed to become a global instrument known as the "fourth pillar" of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping, complementing the key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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