THE 2014 AMENDMENTS TO THE MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION (MLC, 2006)

Amendments  implementing Regulations 2.5 - REPATRIATION
Amendments implementing Regulations 4.2 - SHIPOWNER’S LIABILITY
 
2014 amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 will come into force on 18 January 2017
 
The Special Tripartite Committee of the International Labour Organization adopted the amendments to the Consolidated ILO Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) to guarantee financial security to seafarers.
 
These amendments require a financial security system to be provided to assist seafarers in the event of abandonment.
 
 ILO pronounced that according to the approved amendments the ships will have to carry on board a certificate or other documentary evidence of financial security issued by the financial security provider, which confirms that, the crew on board is provided with financial guarantees in the case of abandonment. Failure to provide this financial security, in other words, if a certificate or other documentary evidence of financial security is not available on board, it can be the reason for ship detention in port. Copies of these documents in English (with translation into English) shall be posted in a conspicuous place on board where it is available to the seafarers for information purposes.
 
All seafarers are entitled to coverage for repatriation and financial security is to be provided not only to cover travel expenses but also to ensure abandoned seafarers have adequate food, accommodation, drinking water and fuel for survival on board the ship and medical care. Financial security shall also be sufficient to cover outstanding wages limited to four months as well as all expenses incurred by the seafarer, including the cost of repatriation.
The seafarers will receive a notification in case if financial security of the shipowner should be canceled or is not  a  subject to renew.
This standard requires a financial security system to be provided to assist seafarers in the event of abandonment. The standard defines abandonment as:
a) when the shipowner fails to cover the cost of the seafarer’s repatriation; or
b) when the shipowner has left the seafarer without the necessary maintenance and support; and
c) when the shipowner has otherwise unilaterally severed their ties with the seafarer, including failure to pay contractual wages for a period of at least two months.
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