The ILO marks a year since the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 entered into force worldwide on August 20, 2013. ILO TV travelled on board a container vessel to hear first-hand from seafarers what it’s like to spend months at sea and what impact the convention has on their work.
Now, seafarers will be better protected as a consequence of two amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). Seafarers who are let down by their ship owner or who are entitled to economic compensation in case of long-term disablement or death will now be better secured.
The ILO’s Maritime Labour Convention, which enters into force worldwide August 20, 2013, provides for the first time comprehensive protection at work for seafarers, while also promoting conditions of fair competition for shipowners.
Global support for the International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention continues to increase, as the date it enters into force approaches. Currently, the ILO has registered ratifications of the Convention by 45 ILO member States responsible for regulating conditions for seafarers on more than 75 per cent of the world’s gross tonnage of ships.