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Ports & Terminals — By on November 7, 2012 at 11:45 PM

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  • Singapore, all ports – Implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006
  • Turkey, Dardanelles – Engine Failure of Bulk Carrier in Dardanelles 

 DATE: November 07, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: all ports Implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006

According to Circular No. 18 of 2012 issued by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore ratified the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) which will come into force internationally on 20 August 2013.
The MLC, an instrument of the International Labour Organisation, establishes international requirements for decent conditions of work for seafarers.
The provisional requirements for the Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance (DMLC) Part 1 are listed below so that shipowners, ship managers, operators and masters and crew of Singapore-registered (SRS) ships can make early preparations to comply with and implement the MLC.
Scope of Application and Certification: The MLC applies to all SRS ships ordinarily engaged in commercial activities. SRS ships of 500 gross tonnage and above which are engaged in international voyages shall attain a DMLC and a Maritime Labour Certificate.
The DMLC consists of two parts. The DMLC Part I is to be  prepared and issued by MPA and contains the national requirements and applicable exemptions. The DMLC Part II is to be prepared by the shipowner and contains the measures to ensure compliance with DMLC Part I.
A Maritime Labour Certificate shall be issued to a ship after the Recognised Organisation (RO) has verified, via inspection, that the ship (including the DMLC Part II) is in compliance with national (DMLC Part I) and applicable MLC requirements. The MPA has authorised our 9 ROs to conduct the inspections and to issue  the Maritime Labour Certificate, on behalf of MPA.
Shipowners are strongly encouraged to begin preparations for the necessary MLC certification and to approach any of the 9 ROs for assistance in this regard.
Provisional Requirements of DMLC Part I: The DMLC Part I is currently being finalised. In the interim, to facilitate early preparations by shipowners to comply with and implement the MLC, the MPA has, in consultation with the MLC Tripartite Working Group, prepared a list of provisional requirements of DMLC Part I. These requirements are largely finalised, although there may be further refinements. These could be used as a guide or tool for gap analysis. Updates to the list will be circulated when available.
Statement of Compliance: For SRS ships which voluntarily comply with these provisional requirements of DMLC Part I and other applicable MLC requirements, the 9 ROs may issue a “Statement of Compliance” for such ships, should the shipowners request for such a Statement. This voluntary and interim measure facilitates shipowners who have given full effect to the provisional requirements of DMLC Part I and the applicable provisions of the MLC,   while the MLC legislation and the DMLC Part I are being finalised.
Issuing of DMLC Part I: Once the requirements for the DMLC Part I are finalised, MPA will issue the DMLC Part I to individual ships, and the target date for this issuance is in 2Q 2013. A Maritime Labour Certificate shall be issued to a ship upon confirmation by any of the 9 ROs that the ship had complied with the following: – The DMLC Part I – Any other applicable requirements of the MLC
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

DATE: November 07, 2012 COUNTRY: Turkey PORT: Dardanelles Engine Failure of Bulk Carrier in Dardanelles 

Turkish flagged, 81 meter, bulk carrier M/V Osman Dogruyol had engine failure in Dardanelles around Kilitbayir area today at around 0630 hours (local time). The vessel dropped anchor at the same area and there is no closure.
For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

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