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The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) plays an important part in standardising the life of superyacht crew, but what exactly does the document contain? Read on to find out the key points of the MLC and see what the act entitles you to when you are working at sea.
The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006, came into force on 20th August 2013. It consolidates and updates over 65 international labour standards related to seafarers, adopted over the last eighty years in order to secure the right of all seafarers to decent living and working conditions aboard the vessel on which they work.
It is intended to be globally applicable, easily understandable, readily updatable and uniformly enforced. It has been designed to become a worldwide legal instrument for seafarers alongside SOLAS, STCW and MARPOL.
Covering persons working at sea, the MLC aims to ensure comprehensive protection of the rights of seafarers, as well as to establish a level playing field for countries and ship owners committed to providing decent working and living conditions for seafarers. Consisting of 16 articles containing general provisions for life at sea, the MLC also includes five titles in which specific provisions are grouped:
Bare in mind that, if you join a commercially registered yacht as a crew member, you will be protected by the MLC 2006 convention. However, if you are employed on a private yacht, it’s important to be aware that you may not benefit from the same rights. It’s important to request a copy of the contract prior to joining the yacht to ensure that the working conditions are safe and acceptable.
This section is divided into four parts and is summarised below:
The MLC sets out employment conditions for yacht crew, stating:
Flag states are responsible for ensuring implementation of the rules on the ships that fly its flag.
Read about the different yacht crew positions and contracts, or discover the 5 basic rights you have under seafarers employment agreement.
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