ICS Launches Web-based MLC Resource

MarineLink.com
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Natalie Shaw

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) debuted a new web-based information resource to assist shipping companies to implement the International Labor Organization (ILO) Maritime Labor Convention (MLC).

The ILO MLC entered into force worldwide in August although, in practice for many ships, full certification including the preparation of Documents of Maritime Labor Compliance on board individual vessels is not required until August next year.  ICS, operating as the International Shipping Federation (ISF), negotiated the text of the MLC on behalf of maritime employers, with unions and governments, when the Convention was adopted in 2006.

Speaking at the Manning and Training Conference in Manila, ICS Director Employment Affairs, Natalie Shaw, said, “This new ICS resource should help to answer many of the questions that employers still have with respect to MLC implementation and will hopefully serve as a kind of ‘one stop shop,’ in combination with guidance we have already produced and that of individual flag states.”

The new web resource contains responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), the differing ratification status of flag states, various guidance materials that have been produced by the ILO, as well as the existing free guidance on Port State Control which ICS published free of charge this summer.  It also includes very recent material such as draft ILO guidance for the training of ship’s cooks which was only developed last month.

The new web area also provides information about the comprehensive ISF Guidelines on the Application of the ILO MLC, which were published last year, and the widely used ISF Watchkeeper software for maintaining individual seafarers’ rest hours in accordance with MLC requirements.

Speaking in Manila, Ms. Shaw remarked, “Although the ILO work hour record requirements have been around for some time, the entry into force of the MLC means they should now begin to bite and ships will need to produce very detailed records if they wish to avoid falling foul of port state control.”

ics-shipping.org

Maritime Reporter July 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ports

China Appeals WTO Ruling on US Solar Panel Dispute

China has appealed against a WTO dispute panel report on anti-dumping duties applied on certain Chinese products by the United States, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said on Friday.

WTO Rules Against Argentina Licensing Rules in Row with US, EU, Japan

A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel ruled against Argentina on Friday in a 2012 case brought by the United States, European Union, and Japan against

New Partnership Targets Enhanced Tracking Solutions

Globe Tracker International, a  global asset tracking, monitoring and data sharing, has announced  a strategic relationship with Total Soft Bank Ltd. (TSB), a global

News

China Appeals WTO Ruling on US Solar Panel Dispute

China has appealed against a WTO dispute panel report on anti-dumping duties applied on certain Chinese products by the United States, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said on Friday.

WTO Rules Against Argentina Licensing Rules in Row with US, EU, Japan

A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel ruled against Argentina on Friday in a 2012 case brought by the United States, European Union, and Japan against

Odfjell 2Q Results In Line with Expectations

Chemical Tankers had an EBITDA of $24 million, compared with $17 million in the first quarter. Improved utilization with only minor interruptions of trade. Time-charter results were up by 10%.

Maritime Safety

Massive Haitian Refugee Rescues off Bahamas

Coast Guard crews and Royal Bahamian Defence Force (RBDF) rescued more than 400 Haitians illegally migrating in three separate at sea interdictions in the span of 11 days, informs the US Coast Guard.

Maersk Line Still the Leading Carrier on Reliability in Q2

During the second quarter, the overall industry reliability has improved. However, Maersk Line is pleased to have improved their performance so that they can

CBP Aircraft Locates Vessel in Distress

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents assigned to the North Dakota Air Branch have located four people on Red Lake after a call

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1273 sec (8 req/sec)