Maritime Labour Convention 2006 – Amendments

Associations, BIMCO, Comment, Corporate Social Responsibility, HR, IACS, IMarEST, IMIF, Intercargo, Intermanager, International Chamber of Shipping, International Shipping Federation, Intertanko, ITF, Jobs, Labour Disputes, Legal, Manning - Seafarers and Offshore, Maritime Education and Training, P and I Clubs, The Nautical Institute — By on July 25, 2016 at 10:32 AM
Better conditions on modern tonnage

Better conditions on modern tonnage

From Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co LLC on the latest MLC 2006 ammendments: 

MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION 2006 – AMENDMENTS

Following the unanimous adoption by the Special Tripartite Committee of the amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (the “Convention”), the International Labour Conference has approved the adoption of the amendments to the Convention on their 105th session in Geneva.

Harassment and bullying of seafarers

The first amendment concerns Regulation 4.3 of the Convention  and in an attempt to tackle issues of shipboard harassment and bullying of seafarers.

The International Chamber of Shipping (the “ICS”) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (the “ITF”), having recognized the existence of such problem, have issued a guidance on Eliminating Shipboard Harassment and Bullying highlighting that harassment and bullying of seafarers can have adverse consequences on their productivity and teamwork which ultimately will affect the smooth operation of the vessel. The abovementioned guidance is now mentioned in Regulation 4.3 of the Convention as point of reference.

Extension of maritime labour certificate validity

The second amendment concerns Regulation 5.1 of the Convention whereby an extension is to be allowed by the Flag State of not more than 5 months regarding the issued maritime labour certificate. Such an extension is to be allowed only when the renewal inspection as has been successfully completed and the new certificate cannot be issued immediately to the ship.

The amendments are to take effect following the lapse of 2 years as of the decision of the Conference should less than 40% of ratifying Members representing no less than 40% of  the world gross tonnage not express their disagreement to the amendments.

As of today there is a total of 77 countries who have ratified the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, which in terms of tonnage corresponds to roughly 91% of the world’s gross vessel tonnage.

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

What is 2 + 3 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:

Trackbacks

Leave a Trackback