SIERRA LEONE MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION REQUIREMENTS, VOLUNTARY COMPLIANCE

Sierra Leone International Ship Registry has issued a Marine Notification regarding the voluntary compliance with the ILO MLC, 2006 requirements.


Although the Republic of Sierra Leone has not ratified the MLC, 2006 a voluntary inspection and
certification scheme has been set-up for the ships flying the Sierra Leone flag in order to avoid
complexities with the Port State Control Authorities. Through the Marine Notification 13-002 the Sierra
Leone International Ship Registry has laid out the requirements for the inspection and certification of
ships flying the Sierra Leone flag.
More specifically, the ship Owners should request the issuance of a DMLC Part I from the
Administration through the Registration Officers. The flag Administration will issue a ship specific DMLC
Part I for the ship.
Following the issuance of DMLC Part I, ship Owners shall submit for approval DMLC Part II complying
with the DMLC Part I. The Administration will endorse the DMLC Part II if found in compliance with
DMLC Part I. Copy of DMLC Part I and II endorsed by the Administration shall be kept on board and
should be provided to the inspector at the time of inspection/verification.
Flag inspectors will be carrying out inspections as outlined below:
 Initial inspection for the issuance of Interim “Statement of Compliance to Maritime Labour
Convention” valid for 6 months.
 Following verification of the reports, the Administration will be issuing a “Statement of
Compliance to Maritime Labour Convention” valid for 5 years.
 An intermediate inspection is to be carried out between the second and third anniversary
dates in order to endorse the Statement of Compliance.

The full Sierra Leone International Ship Registry Marine Notification may be found herewith attached.
Also, attached is the draft DMLC Part I of the Sierra Leone International Ship Registry.

Background information

The MLC, 2006 is aiming along with SOLAS, STCW, and MARPOL to be established as the four
cornerstones of maritime regulations.
The Convention is comprised of three different but related parts: the Articles, the Regulations, and the
Code. The Articles and Regulations set out the core rights and principles and the basic obligations of
Members ratifying the Convention. The Code contains the details for the implementation of the
Regulations. The Code comprises Part A (mandatory Standards) and Part B (non-mandatory Guidelines).
Amendment procedures for the Articles, Regulations, and the Code are established in Articles XIV and
XV.
The Regulations and the Code are organized into general areas under five Titles:
Title 1: Minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship
Title 2: Conditions of employment
Title 3: Accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering
Title 4: Health protection, medical care, welfare, and social security protection
Title 5: Compliance and enforcement














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