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The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: An opportunity for the ICSW Dani Appave, Senior Maritime Specialist, Sectoral Activities Branch, International Labour.

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1 The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: An opportunity for the ICSW Dani Appave, Senior Maritime Specialist, Sectoral Activities Branch, International Labour Office.

2 Summary of current situation MLC 2006 adopted in February 2006 Action programme began September ratifications: Liberia (7.6.06), Marshall Islands ( ), Bahamas ( ), Bosnia Herzegovina ( ), Spain ( ), Croatia ( ) 45 per cent of world fleet Entry into force: 30 member states with 33 per cent of world fleet

3 Strategic goals of Action plan for MLC 2006 End 2007: 10 ratifications or at least 15 per cent of fleet Early 2008: development and adoption of guidelines on port state control End 2008 development and adoption of guidelines for flag states inspections 2009: 24 ratifications or 24 percent of fleet 2010: 30 ratifications and 33 percent of fleet 2011: entry into force

4 Are we on target for 2011 entry into force? adoption of both guidelines (flag and port states) by end of 2008 Many countries in middle of ratification procedures especially EU states expected to ratify before end of 2010 Exceeded target to date for fleet percentage Should reach 30 ratifications by end 2010

5 Welfare in the MLC Existing instruments: Convention No.163 and Recommendation No.173 (see ICSW guidelines on these instruments) How much welfare in the MLC? All conditions of work and life of seafarers may be considered welfare The ICSW was formed to coordinate the action of a number of organisations which were providing welfare facilities and services ashore

6 ICSW origins and welfare for seafarers Shipping is a constantly changing industry The more it changes…the issues remain the same ICSW instrumental in adoption of C163 and R173 ISCW members must continue to deliver facilities and services efficiently Avoid duplication, ensure as wide coverage as possible Challenges: Finding the resources, Coordination

7 MLC: more global application When MLC enters into force, it will become widely ratified due to the inspection requirements and the « no more favourable treatment » principle linked to port state control C163: few ratifications MLC: wide ratifications

8 MLC: welfare provisions Access to shore-based welfare facilities: Regulation 4.4 Recreation facilities: Regulation 3.1 Obligations in Regulations and Standard A of the Code Guidelines in Part B of the Code What is impact of this in practice?

9 MLC: value of « B » guidelines Must give due consideration to implementing Part A in the manner provided in Part B If it does not it will have to show to the ILO supervisory bodies that it is fulfilling Part A satisfactorily States must ensure access and promote the development of welfare facilities and services

10 Welfare ashore requirements Access to shore-based welfare facilities Promote development of facilites Establishment of welfare boards IMPLEMENTATION: see guidelines

11 Contents of « B » guidelines B4.4.1 Responsibilities of Members B4.4.2 Welfare facilities and services in ports B4.4.3 Welfare boards B4.4.4 Financing of welfare facilities B4.4.5 Seafarers in a foreign port ICSW could and should be THE VEHICLE to promote and assist with implementation

12 Welfare on board What should be the role of ICSW in welfare of seafarers on board? NOW: shipowners provide welfare on board ICSW: SHIP project….. What’s new in MLC as regards welfare on board?

13 Welfare on board What’s in MLC as regards welfare on board? Recreational activities: Reg. 3.1 para. 1 Standard A3.1 para. 17 Guideline B Recreational facilities, mail and ship visit arrangements

14 Welfare on board OPPORTUNITY FOR ICSW: Providing packages to ship-owners to satisfy their obligations some or all of the items listed in paragraph 4 of the guideline B and on other MLC issues, health, safety???? The components should be adapted to the needs of the seafarers concerned

15 Conclusions The MLC 2006 is opportunity for the ICSW Improvement in the provision of welfare to seafarers Entry into force in 2011 Preparations need to be made NOW by all concerned ICSW needs to be ready to take advantage of changes resulting from the MLC

16 Info and Contacts ILO website: ILO maritime information webpages:http://www.ilo.org/public/english/dia logue/sector/sectors/mariti.htm Maritime Labour Convention info webpages:http://www.ilo.org/global/What_we_ do/InternationalLabourStandards/MaritimeLa bourConvention/lang--en/index.htm or


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