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Roger Harris, Executive Director of ISWAN writes : The International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) warmly welcomes the coming into force of the Maritime Labour Convention on 20 August 2013. ISWAN firmly believes that the MLC will improve the lives and wellbeing of seafarers wherever they are in the world. The Convention provides a golden opportunity to raise awareness of seafarers' welfare throughout the…
The ILO's guide to the MLC Global support for the International Labour Organization's Maritime Labour Convention continues to increase, as the date it enters into force approaches. Currently, the ILO has registeredratifications of the Convention by more than 40 ILO member States responsible for regulating conditions for seafarers on more than 75 per cent of the world's gross tonnage of ships. When the Convention, known…
The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) will enter into force on 20 August, 2013. The Convention applies to all ships other than warships, naval auxiliaries, fishing vessels, vessels of traditional build such as dhows and junks and vessels operating solely in inland or sheltered waters. Ships of 500 gt or over, engaged on international voyages, and ships of 500 gt or over flying the flag of…
David Dearsley (former Secretary General of the International Maritime Employers' Committee) writes : On 20 August 2013 the Maritime Labour Convention enters into force; the final stage of the ILO process that breathes life into a landmark maritime labour standard directly affecting seafarers welfare. So what does this mean for the welfare providers at port, national and international level? The most obvious provisions affecting the work…
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Steve Cotton, ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) acting general secretary, writes : In just a few days the ILO's Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) comes into force. Correctly applied, it is nothing less than a bill of rights under which all seafarers should be able to enjoy protection of their fundamental rights. It should also ensure good employment practice across the industry and create a…
Natalie Shaw (Director Employment Affairs, International Chamber of Shipping) writes : In 2006, the ILO adopted the MLC covering welfare for life at sea. This enters into force in August 2013. To date 45 countries have ratified and a further 19 countries are likely by year end. Ship operators must comply with requirements derived from existing ILO standards and accepted good employment practice. Vessel of…
Douglas B. Stevenson (Chairman International Christian Maritime Association Director, Center for Seafarers' Rights of the Seamens' Church Institute of NY & NJ) writes : The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) creates a framework for developing and sustaining shore-based welfare facilities. The Convention obligates countries that have ratified the Convention to promote developing seafarers' welfare facilities in their ports, and where such facilities exist, to ensuring…
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This new International Labour Organization (ILO) convention consolidates and updates more than 68 international labour standards in the maritime sector. It sets minimum global standards for seafarers living and working conditions. It also reflects the valuable contribution of the ILO to global employment standards The ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention has been a lengthy process in the UK that involved a number of Government…
Better rules on repatriation under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) — which comes into force in under a month — may reduce the incidence of stranded seafarers during pay disputes or technical issues, says Nautilus International. The 21 seafarers stuck onboard the Liberian flagged vessel, A Whale, owned by TMT group, in the Gulf of Suez for nearly six months — who ran out of…
The Port of Dover, in the UK, has gone live with its new free WiFi service for ferry customers and seafarers at the Eastern Docks. Europe's busiest international ferry port has already seen almost 4,000 WiFi accounts created, a clear reflection of the value of the service to customers whilst in the Port. A Port of Dover spokesperson said: "The Port of Dover's free WiFi…