The Maritime labour Certificate- A handy guide

The MLC-Protecting the crew’s working conditions

Why us it required?

The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006  issued by the International Labour Organisation.

For UK guidance see MGN 470

What ships require the certificate?

Ships of 500 GT or over, engaged in international voyages.

What information is contained on the document?

  • Name of ship
  • Distinctive number of letters
  • Port of registry
  • Date of registry
  • Gross tonnage
  • IMO number
  • Type of ship Name and address of shipowner

What does it certify?

That the ship has been inspected and verified to be in compliance with the requirements of the international labour convention.

What other document must be attached to the certificate?

A Declaration of maritime labour compliance

How long is the certificate valid?

For a maximum of five years

What inspections are required?

A renewal inspection every five years

An intermediate inspection, if the certificate is five years, it shall take place between the second and third anniversary dates of the certificate.

What areas are covered by an inspection?

  • Minimum age
  • Medical certification
  • Qualifications of seafarers
  • Seafarers’ employment agreements
  • Use of any licensed or certified or regulated private recruitment and placement
    service
  • Hours of work or rest
  • Manning levels for the ship
  • Accommodation
  • On-board recreational facilities
  • Food and catering
  • Health and safety and accident prevention
  • On-board medical care
  •  On-board complaint procedures
  • Payment of wages

 

What does the Declaration of maritime labour compliance state?

That the national requirements implementing the Convention, setting out the measures adopted by the shipowner to ensure compliance.

What are the two parts of the Declaration of maritime labour compliance?

  • Part I :Drawn up by the competent authority (Flag state)
  • Part II: Drawn up by the shipowner

What is contained within part 1 of the Declaration of maritime labour compliance?

  • Identify the list of matters to be inspected
  • Identify the national requirements embodying the relevant provisions of the
    Convention.
  • Refer to ship-type specific requirements under national legislation
  • Record any substantially equivalent provisions adopted
  • Clearly indicate any exemption granted by the competent authority

What is contained within part II of the Declaration of maritime labour compliance?

The measures adopted to ensure ongoing compliance with the national requirements between inspections and the measures proposed to ensure that there is continuous improvement.

For more information

Seafarer’s Rights website

UK’s MGN 1848 Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 Survey and Certification of UK Ships


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