MARINE INFO

NOTICE N.143

RINA

DECEMBER 2018

2016 AMENDMENTS TO THE MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION,2006 (MLC, 2006)

The 2016 amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, will enter into force on 8 January 2019. The MLC Guidelines B4.3 concerning provisions on health and safety protection and accident prevention and the Standard A5.1.3 are involved by such amendments, in order to better protect seafarers against shipboard harassment and bullying, and to allow for an extension of the validity of Maritime Labour Certificate.

 

The MLC Guideline B4.3.1 – Provisions on occupational accidents, injuries and disease – is amended such that when taking into account implications for health and safety, harassment and bullying should also be considered. Additionally, a reference is provided to the latest version of the Guidance on eliminating shipboard harassment and bullying, jointly published by the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers Federation.

 

The MLC Guideline B4.3.6 – (regarding investigations to be undertaken by competent authority of flag administration) have been amended to include the new subparagraph:

(g) problems arising from harassment and bullying.

 

Ship Owners should take into account the above when developing on board measures addressing harassment and bullying for compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention.

 

In addition the Standard A5.1.3 is amended to allow for the extension of the validity of the Maritime Labour Certificate (for a period of five months) in circumstances where ships have passed the renewal inspection but where a new Maritime Labour Certificate cannot be immediately issued and made available on board.

 

The 2016 amendments and the Guidance on eliminating shipboard harassment and bullying are enclosed to the present MNO for your easy reference.

 

In reference to the above and for all matters related to the MLC 2006, RINA remains at disposal for further clarifications and any consultancy needed.