Department for Transport
 
 

APPLICATION OF THE MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION, 2006

UNITED KINGDOM POLICY:

DEFINITIONS

mlcdeck

mlcenginemlclaundry

This page gives the current UK policy on application of the MLC, 2006. These positions have been discussed and agreed with the Tripartite Working Group which is advising the MCA on implementation of the Convention. The UK ratified the MLC on 7 August 2013 and will enter into force on 7 August 2014.

The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 is intended to ensure that all seafarers have the right to a safe and secure workplace, fair terms of employment, decent working and living conditions on ship, and rights to health protection, medical care and other social protection.

It therefore applies to every seafarer and all ships, except those expressly excluded from the scope of the Convention.

The excluded vessels are :

  • ships engaged in fishing or in similar pursuits (there is a separate, similar Directive for work in fishing which is expected to come in to force around 2016/7);
  • ships of traditional build such as dhows or junks;
  • warships or naval auxiliaries.

Guidance on the following definitions is given in MGN 471

  • Seafarer
  • Ship
  • Shipowner