Since the International Labour Organisation's Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) came into force internationally on 20 August 2013, it has already been amended, and a further two sets of amendments have been agreed and are expected to come into force in 2019 and 2020.
Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 – UK and REG Implementation sets out in detail how the UK, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man (being the members of the Red Ensign Group (REG) which are subject to the MLC) have implemented the Convention. Specific references are given to the laws, merchant shipping notices and guidance, as well as identifying the areas where implementation is permitted by way of collective agreements.
As the MLC sits in the context of the wider international regulatory regime, it expressly endorses the application of other international instruments and standards, particularly those of the International Maritime Organisation. Furthermore, many of the MLC's mandatory provisions have been incorporated into EU Directives, which are relevant to the UK and Gibraltar. These international and regional provisions are also referenced.
Chapter 1 sets out an introduction to the ILO and the MLC. Chapter 2 describes the general approach of how the UK applies its legislation to UK ships and, while they are in UK waters, non-UK ships without MLC documentation, and non-UK ships with MLC documentation. Chapters 3-22 describe the UK provisions in more detail as the other REG members' laws are influenced by those to a significant extent. The specific provisions for Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man have been set out, with detailed references to the appropriate regulatory sources in Chapters 23-26. Due to the central role of the MLC's Title 5 on compliance and enforcement, this is set out in full (in Part VIII, Appendix 1), annotated with references to the relevant sections of the ILO's guidelines on flag state control and port state control. The full text of the amendments to the MLC have been set out in Part VIII, Appendix 2.
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Table of Contents
PART I - INTRODUCTION Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Application of the UK MLC Legislation
PART II - TITLE 1: MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO WORK ON A SHIP Chapter 3: Regulation 1.1 – Minimum Requirements for Seafarers to Work on a Ship Chapter 4: Regulation 1.2 – Medical Certificate Chapter 5: Regulation 1.3 – Training and Qualifications Chapter 6: Regulation 1.4 – Recruitment and placement
PART III - TITLE 2: CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT Chapter 7: Regulation 2.1 – Seafarers' Employment Agreements Chapter 8: Regulation 2.2 – Wages Chapter 9: Regulation 2.3 – Hours of Work and Hours of Rest Chapter 10: Regulation 2.4 – Entitlement to Leave Chapter 11: Regulation 2.5 – Repatriation Chapter 12: Regulation 2.6 – Seafarer Compensation for the Ship's Loss or Foundering Chapter 13: Regulation 2.7 – Manning Levels Chapter 14: Regulation 2.8 – Careers and Skill Development and Opportunities for Seafarers' Employment PART IV - TITLE 3: ACCOMMODATION, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, FOOD AND CATERING Chapter 15: Regulation 3.1 – Crew Accommodation and Recreational Facilities Chapter 16: Regulation 3.2 – Food and Catering
PART V- TITLE 4: HEALTH PROTECTION, MEDICAL CARE, WELFARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY PROTECTION Chapter 17: Regulation 4.1 – Medical Care On Board Ship and Ashore Chapter 18: Regulation 4.2 – Shipowners' Liability Chapter 19: Regulation 4.3 – Health and Safety Protection and Accident Prevention Chapter 20: Regulation 4.4 – Access to Shore-based Welfare Facilities Chapter 21: Regulation 4.5 – Social Security
PART VI - TITLE 5: COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT Chapter 22: Title 5 – Compliance and Enforcement – UK PART VII - IMPLEMENTATION OF TITLES 1 TO 5 IN THE FOUR REG MEMBERS Chapter 23: Bermuda Chapter 24: Cayman Islands Chapter 25: Gibralter Chapter 26: Isle of Man PART VIII - APPENDICES Appendix 1: Title 5: Compliance and Enforcement Appendix 2: In Force and Future Amendments to the MLC Appendix 3: Resources