Cyprus Flag Administration – Entry into force of amendments to Code of Maritime Labour Convention

The Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS) has informed owners, operators and managers of Cyprus ships of the adoption, under the tacit acceptance procedure, of the 2014 amendments to the Code of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, which were approved by the 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference. The amendments, which enter into force…

IMO welcomes entry into force of financial security for seafarers (18Jan2017)

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the entry into force today (18 January) of new obligations under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) which require shipowners to have compulsory insurance to cover abandonment of seafarers, as well as claims for death or long-term disability of seafarers. The 2014 amendments to the MLC 2006, which comes…

New Guidance on Eliminating Shipboard Harassment and Bullying from ICS and ITF

Maritime employers and seafarers’ unions have joined forces to publish new international ‘Guidance on Eliminating Shipboard Harassment and Bullying’.  The new Guidelines are developed by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).   These Guidelines have been launched in advance of an important International Labour Organization (ILO) Special Tripartite Committee…

Paris MOU results first year Maritime Labour Convention: 113 ships detained for MLC related deficiencies

20 August 2014 marked the first anniversary of the entry into force of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006). During these first 12 months 113 ships were detained by one of the Paris MoU Authorities for MLC-related deficiencies. This represents 17.4% of the total number of detentions (649) in the Paris MoU during this period. During the first year…

New safety and health guidelines to protect seafarers

Maritime occupational safety and health experts agree on guidelines to bolster the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. Recognizing the special needs of seafarers, experts have agreed on guidelines to assist governments to implement occupational safety and health provisions previously set down in the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). Intended to provide supplementary practical information to…