MLC Amendments Address Abandonments, Claims

Posted by Eric Haun
Friday, April 11, 2014

Governments, maritime employer representatives coordinated by the International Shipping Federation (ISF) and their counterparts from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) met this week at the International Labor Organization in Geneva for the first meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee (STC) established under the Maritime Labor Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). During the meeting, an agreement was reached for amendments to the Convention to ensure the provision of financial security systems to assist seafarers in the event of their abandonment and for compensation for seafarers’ contractual claims for death and personal injury.

ISF spokesperson Arthur Bowring, who led the Shipowner Group in the discussions, stated, “We believe that the first meeting of the MLC Special Tripartite Committee has been a watershed in the history of the Maritime Labor Convention. The MLC, 2006 is intended to bring social justice and fair competition to the Shipping Industry and the lack of a specific reference to abandonment in the mandatory instruments of ILO and IMO was an omission that needed comprehensive action. The first Special Tripartite Committee considered amendments developed over ten years by the Joint ILO and IMO working group and we believe that the outcome of our work this week is a significant achievement.”

He went on to explain, “Shipowners have a responsibility for seafarers under their contractual employment arrangements, and the problems created when the seafarers are abandoned needed specific legislative measures. The new amendments not only provide that safeguard but also recognize the role to be played by flag states and labor supply states.”

In fact only a very tiny proportion of the world’s seafarers experience the despair of abandonment but that does not make the occurrence any less serious for the affected seafarers and their families.

ISF members were particularly concerned to see the new ILO video explaining the case of the B Ladybug, where the crew has been without financial or welfare support from the shipowner for well over twelve months. This is the sort of deplorable situation that the new amendments to the MLC, 2006 will help to speedily address.

The STC meeting also clarified Standard A4.2 to ensure that contractual claims for death and personal injury are now appropriately covered.
 

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