The Philippines has become the 30th country to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention and therefore, MLC 2006 will enter into force on August 20, 2013. The Convention provides comprehensive rights and protection for more than 1.2 million seafarers worldwide.The MLC 2006 includes more than 65 ILO Conventions and is intended to become a global instrument as the “fourth” pillar of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping, together with the key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
On August 20 the ILO has announced the 30th ratification of the MLC 2006 and since the 33 per cent of world gross tonnage has been fulfilled the MLC, 2006 is coming in force on August 20, 2013. The ILO Members that have ratified the Convention are Liberia, Marshall Islands, Bahamas, Panama, Norway,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Croatia, Bulgaria, Canada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,
Switzerland, Benin, Singapore, Denmark, Antigua and Barbuda, Latvia, Luxembourg, Kiribati, Australia,
Netherlands, Tuvalu, St Kitts & Nevis, Togo, Poland, Palau, Sweden, Cyprus, Russian Federation,
Ship Owners, Managers, Yards and Crew Manning Agencies have to comply with the requirements of the Convention and obtain certification for ships flagged by the above mentioned ILO Members. The applicability of the MLC, 2006 is as outlined below:
Ships of 500 gross tonnage or above, engaged in international voyages; and
Ships of 500 gross tonnage or above, flying the flag of a member and operating from a port,
or between ports, in another country.
The Convention requirements are very detailed and cover an extensive range of topics. Ship Owners
and Managers must develop and implement procedures immediately to ensure ongoing compliance
with the requirements of MLC, 2006. Ships that may be delayed for inspection and certification may risk detentions.
THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS
The MLC, 2006 certification process is identical to ISM and ISPS for ships. The certificate validity will