ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

The ILO MLC, 2006 has been ratified on August 20, 2012 and will enter into force on August 20, 2013. The Convention is applicable to all ships of 500 gross tonnage and above. 

The Convention incorporates the fundamental principles of eight ILO Conventions and updates and consolidates standards of 68 instruments (Conventions and Recommendations) into one document.

The MLC, 2006 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 Article 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

DBS has started the inspection process under the requirements of MLC, 2006 as a Recognized Organization on behalf of the flag Administrations.