The ILO Maritime Labor Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) aims to improve the working conditions and conditions of more than 1.2 million seafarers worldwide. The treaty prevents unfair competition in ocean shipping and takes effect on 20 August 2013. The MLC is applicable worldwide for all seagoing vessels from 500 GT that are used for commercial purposes.
The MLC regulations are divided into 5 parts:
1. Minimum requirements for crew to work on a ship.
2. Working conditions.
3. Accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering.
4. Protection of health, medical care, welfare and social security.
5. Compliance and enforcement – on board complaint procedures.
TOP can help you to understand the extent to which the MLC requirements are already met. We then map out what needs to be addressed to achieve compliance. We therefore draw up a Gap analysis with a plan of action linked to this. During the implementation we support both the management on shore and the crew on board.
When all outstanding items are met, the gap analysis will be converted into a document (DMLC) with which certification can be requested. With the Declaration of Maritime Labor Compliance (part I + II), a ship manager shows that the ship meets the requirements of the MLC.