The MLC and what it means to the Offshore Industry
DPS are pleased to announce that upon the UK ratifying the MLC, ADPS qualified as MLC compliant. As suppliers of crew and crew management services this has been an achievement that endorses to our clients and ship owner/operators that we maintain our high standards of crew care.
MLC stands for Maritime Labour Convention, and is a comprehensive international labour convention that was adopted by the International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in February 2006. It sets out seafarers’ rights to satisfactory conditions of work and helps to create conditions of fair competition for ship owners. It is intended to be globally applicable, understandable and uniformly enforced.
The MLC, 2006 has been designed to become a global legal instrument that will be the fourth pillar of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping. The MLC will complement the three other key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) namely:
- Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
- Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW)
- Prevention of Pollution from Ships, or Marine Pollution (MARPOL)
The convention consists of the sixteen articles containing general provisions as well as the Code. The Code consists of five Titles in which specific provisions are grouped:
- 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
As the MLC covers all seafarers it goes without saying that there are implications to the offshore industry, but MLC has been drafted to protect all seafarers and as such the provisions are already satisfied by the majority of operators.