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MLC 2006-WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE SHIPOWNER AND THE COMMON SEAFARER?

February 2013 - Shipping. Legal Developments by Fichte & Co Legal Consultancy.

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On 7 February 2006, the ILO, a United Nations agency, established the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006). According to the convention, all commercial ships over 500 GT trading internationally will require a Maritime Labour Certificate and a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance. The convention will also apply to ships below 500 GT or those operating on domestic trades (within the flag’s territorial waters) but will not require certification, only inspection.

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