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The United Kingdom ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention 2006

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Clyde & Co logoThe MCA made the following announcement yesterday:
The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) has been ratified by the UK.
This new International Labour Organization (ILO) convention consolidates and updates more than 68 international labour standards in the maritime sector. It sets minimum global standards for seafarers living and working conditions. It also reflects the valuable contribution of the ILO to global employment standards.The ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention has been a lengthy process that involved a number of Government departments including DWP, FCO and BIS alongside extensive contributions from the UK Chamber of Shipping, Nautilus International, the RMT union and other stakeholders. It presented us with the opportunity to update legislation.The UK has 1, 383 vessels on its register totalling 16.57 million gross tonnage. There are approximately 89, 000 seafarers working on UK flagged ships and more than 24, 100 UK nationals work as seafarers.The UK’s adoption has been extended to include the Isle of Man and Gibraltar.

Stephen Hammond MP, UK Minister for Shipping, said:

“I am pleased to adopt this convention. This will ensure that there are globally agreed standards for seafarers and their right to decent working conditions. It will also provide clarity of regulatory approach and remove obstacles to regional trade.

“It also ensures a level playing field for the UK merchant fleet because the Convention will require ships registered in other states to meet internationally agreed standards.”

We attach below one of the most recent updates on the MLC.

In the first of a three part series, we examine the impact this Convention will have on the shipping industry. To read the full update, please click here. CC003363_Maritime_Labour_Convention_24.06.13

In the second of these updates, we consider in more detail a number of problem areas which were identified in our previous article.

In addition, a Clyde & Co Seminar will be held on the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 on 16 September 2013 during which Paul Newdick, Heidi Watson and Trudy Grey will discuss key issues.

If you have not already registered for the seminar, please see details below:

Date: Monday 16 September 2013


  • Registration 12.15 – 12.30
  • Seminar: 12.30 – 14.00
  • Lunch to be served: 14.00

Venue: The St Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AR (Map)

RSVP: Please RSVP by clicking through to the acceptance page here.

We look forward to welcoming you to this seminar.Kind Regards,
Clyde & Co. LLP

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