Singapore: Update On The Implementation Of The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC)

MPA Singapore has issued Circular regarding updates on the implementation of the Maritime Labour Convection.


These updates refer to the following:




Singapore ratified the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) which will come into force internationally on 20 August 2013. All ships registered with the Singapore Registry of Ships are required to comply with the MLC. In addition, ships of 500 gross tonnage and above are required to carry and maintain a maritime labour certificate and a declaration of maritime labour compliance.


Every seafarer working on board a Singapore-registered ship is required to have a SEA under MLC Regulation 2.1 and Standard A2.1 . In accordance with MLC Standard A2.1.1(e), seafarers shall be given a record of their employment onboard the ship. The employment record can be recorded in their Seafarer’s Discharge Book. In its absence, the “Certificate of Discharge” available on MPA’s website may be used.

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For more information, please click at MPA Circular below


Every seafarer serving onboard a Singapore-registered ship is to be given a copy of the on-board complaint procedures. As a follow-up to the feedback on Shipping Circular No. 18 of 2012, MPA will not prescribe the format for the on-board complaint procedures. Companies may draw up their own procedures and to ensure that their on-board complaint procedures are complying with the requirements stated in MLC Regulation 5.1.5 and Standard A5.1.5. Appendix 2 and Appendix 2A contain some model formats for the “On-Board Complaint Procedures” which companies may adopt. Appendix 2 contains the contact details of the Maritime and 3 Port Authority of Singapore which must be included in the “On-Board Complaint Procedures”

For more information, please click at MPA Circular below


MLC Standard requires the competent authority to adopt a standard “Medical Report Form” for use by the ships’s masters and relevant onshore and onboard medical personnel. The “Medical Report Form” prescribed by the MPA is attached in Appendix 3 to be used onboard Singapore-registered ships

For more information, please click at MPA Circular below


Legislation to give effect to the MLC will be promulgated in due course. In view of the Convention coming into force on 20 August 2013, the shipping community is urged to prepare for early compliance with the MLC.


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