Department for Transport

Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

Ratifications to date

Entry into Force

This Convention comes into force for any Member 12 months after the date on which its ratification has been registered by at least 30 members with a total share in the gross tonnage of ships of 33%.”

More than 30 countries have now ratified the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 and the tonnage criteria has been surpassed. The Convention came into force on 20 August 2013.

For the latest information on ratification

As Maritime Labour Convention 2006 standards are finalised details will be published on these pages.

This is a much higher than usual ratification level (for ILO Conventions) and it uses a new formula that is intended to assure greater actual impact of the Convention. It reflects the fact that the enforcement and compliance system established under the Convention needs widespread international cooperation in order to be effective. Since many of the obligations under the Convention are directed to shipowners and flag States it is important that ILO Members with a strong maritime interest and a high level of tonnage operating under their legal jurisdiction ratify the Convention.

The existing ILO maritime labour Conventions will be gradually phased out as ILO Member States that have ratified those Conventions ratify the new Convention, but there will be a transitional period when some parallel Conventions will be in force. Countries that ratify the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 will no longer be bound by the existing Conventions when the new Convention comes into force for them. Countries that do not ratify the new Convention will remain bound by the existing Conventions they have ratified, but those Conventions will be closed to further ratification.

Advantages for those ships of ratifying countries

The ships of ratifying countries that provide decent conditions of work for their seafarers will have protection against unfair competition from substandard ships and will benefit from a system of certification, avoiding or reducing the likelihood of lengthy delays related to inspections in foreign ports.