Germany Does 'Pierhead Jump' Aboard MLC
Germany becomes the 43rd ILO Member State and the 17th European country to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) , a landmark convention which constitutes the fourth pillar of the international maritime legal regime complementing key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) with decent working and living conditions for seafarers and conditions of fair competition for ship owners.
Already party to 16 ILO maritime conventions, Germany played a significant role in the successful adoption of this landmark Convention. German tripartite constituents contributed actively throughout the preparatory process in designing and developing the provisions of the Convention and Mr Dirk Lindemann, representative of German shipowners, acted as Vice-Chairperson of the Conference Committee and of the various preparatory meetings.
Germany has around 350 registered vessels totalling more than 15,3 million gross tonnage under its flag and is the third country of ownership in the world. The port of Hamburg, third largest seaport in Europe, 14th world’s largest container port and second largest European container port, is a major transportation and logistics hub for Northern Europe which provides access through its waterways to the European hinterland and plays a major role in the region’s economy, with more than 40 000 people employed directly in and around the port.
The MLC, 2006 enters into force on 20 August 2013 for the first 30 ratifying countries (the 30 countries whose ratification has been registered before 20 August 2012). For countries whose ratification has been registered after 20 August 2012, the MLC, 2006 will enter into force 12 months after their ratification. Ratification by at least 30 ILO Member States representing at least 33 per cent of the world’s total gross global tonnage of shipping was required for the Convention to come into force.