Monday, 28th April 2014
International Labour Organisation agree amendments to the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention
The International Group participated in the April meeting of the Maritime Labour Convention Special Tripartite Committee (STC) held at the International Labour Organisation.
The IG was part of the International Shipping Federation delegation.
The STC was convened to consider amendments to the MLC 2006.
These were first agreed in principle in 2009 by the IMO/ILO ad hoc Expert Working Group on Liability and Compensation regarding contractual claims for death and injury (MLC Standard 4.2), and abandonment of seafarers including payment of back wages and other entitlements (MLC Standard 2.5).
The International Labour Organisation Conference is likely to approve the amendments which include the introduction of specific liability and financial security provisions regarding contractual claims for injury and death of seafarers and abandonment including arrears of wages and other entitlements. Club Boards will review these new provisions in due course.
The ILO Conference is also likely to agree a Resolution which will see the phasing in of the new provisions from June 2016. Until the new provisions have effect Owners MLC related financial security requirements will continue to be met by their existing Club cover.