MLC2006 refers to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. It is an international labour standard adopted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) that sets out the rights and principles for seafarers’ working conditions. The convention aims to ensure decent working and living conditions for seafarers.
Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006)
MLC2006 covers a wide range of issues related to seafarers’ employment, including:
Minimum age: It sets the minimum age for seafarers to work on a ship.
Recruitment and placement: It establishes guidelines for the fair recruitment and placement of seafarers.
Conditions of employment: It covers issues such as working hours, rest periods, wages, and leave.
Accommodation: It sets standards for the accommodation and living conditions on board ships.
Health protection, medical care, and social security: It outlines requirements for medical care, access to health facilities, and social security protection for seafarers.
Onboard complaint procedures: It provides mechanisms for seafarers to lodge complaints regarding working conditions or treatment on board a ship.
Repatriation: It establishes guidelines for the repatriation of seafarers at the end of their employment contracts.
The MLC2006 applies to yachts engaged in commercial activities, including both international and domestic voyages and aims to protect the rights of seafarers and promote fair employment practices in the maritime industry. It has been ratified by many countries and is considered a key instrument in improving the working and living conditions of seafarers worldwide.