Global shipping industry sets sail under new standards: ILO

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The International Labour Organization's Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) came into force on 20 August 2013, inaugurating a new era of decent work for seafarers and fair competition for shipowners in the global shipping industry.

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder calls "on all countries with a maritime interest to ratify – if they have not yet done so – and urge governments and shipowners to work effectively to implement this Convention'.

He says "This Convention is a milestone in maritime history".

” Today the 20th August 2013 is a historic day for ILO with the coming into force of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, or MLC 2006. Today, the Seafarers bill of rights, as it is often been described, will become a binding international instrument and will apply to ships and seafarers representing nearly 60 per cent of the world's fleet. This is a remarkable achievement, but even more encouraging is, as the rate of ratification keeps gathering momentum, the convention will, in the next year, cover well over 70 % of the world's ships and seafarers.”

The MLC, 2006 also has the strong support of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which oversees the global shipping sector that moves some 90 per cent of world trade.

The Convention brings together, in one place, international minimum standards aimed at ensuring decent work for seafarers, while helping to provide a level playing field for quality shipowners operating under the flag of countries that have ratified the MLC, 2006 by promoting competitiveness through ensuring reliable and efficient shipping.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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