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Maritime Labor Convention - 2006 (MLC 2006)

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MLC, 2006 has been described as the fourth pillar of international shipping regulations along with SOLAS, MARPOL, and STCW. The ILO incorporated and consolidated a number of previous Conventions in the Maritime Labor Convention in 2006. The MLC establishes minimum standards on conditions of employment, accommodations, health and safety, medical care, crew welfare, recruitment, working conditions and social security protection. It will enter into force in August 20, 2013. The MLC applies to ships over 500 GT engaged in international voyages. The Flag Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard for U.S. registered vessels, must issue the Declaration of Maritime Labor Compliance (DMLC) Part I. The DMLC Part I will delineate U.S. requirements and each organization must prepare and submit a DMLC Part II that provides details on how the requirements will be met.

MLC will be strictly enforced during port state control inspections, including the potential for more detailed inspections and possible detention where hazardous conditions may exist if ships are not to be in compliance.

Prerequisites- None.

Suggested Courses/Skills- None.

What You Will Learn

  • Scope and Overview of the MLC
  • WHAT?: The background, development, objectives, impact, and implementation of the MLC.
  • WHO?: Applicability .
  • WHEN?: Implementation schedule.
  • WHERE?: Ship/port interfaces relating to port state control.
  • HOW?: Requirements, preparation and certification, including compliance with the vessel's Flag State DMLC Part 1 via completionof the organization's DMLC Part 2.
  • The technical and operational standards of ship board working and living conditions described in the MLC, 2006.
  • Flag State guidelines (U.S.) addressing the implementation, inspection, certifcation, and enforcement of the MLC, 2006, allowing participant to respond to the Proposed Rulemaking process.
  • Title 1 - Minimum Requirements for Seafarers.
  • 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 and Complaint handling procedures.
  • Guidelines for Flag State and Port State Inspectors.
  • Practical guidance on how to incorporate MLC into your organization's Quality Management System.

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