Global health insurer Allianz Worldwide Care say they have launched a new plan which offers a compliant solution for on-shore health care to shipping companies affected by the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006), commonly known as the “Seafarers’ Bill of Rights”.
MLC 2006, which came into force in August 2013, requires shipping companies to provide comprehensive rights and protection to the world’s 1.2 million seafarers, including the provision of a minimum level of healthcare cover. Currently, inform Allianz, 56 countries have ratified the convention, which does not apply to fishing vessels, warships or traditional build ships.
Speaking about the launch of the Maritime Healthcare Plan, Susan Landers, Head of Marketing and Client Management at Allianz Worldwide Care said; “The convention addresses a number of basic employment rights, amongst them fair employment terms and the right to health protection and medical care. Essentially, the goal is to ensure that seafarers are provided with a minimum standard of working conditions”.
“Allianz Worldwide Care took a pro-active approach to create a healthcare plan which addresses all of the MLC 2006 mandatory in-patient and out-patient medical requirements, as well offering as a number of optional in-patient, out-patient, dental and repatriation benefits. This allows employers to provide a higher level of healthcare cover and a more attractive employee benefit in this competitive industry where there is a scarcity of qualified and experienced maritime staff”.
Full details on the new health plan and the mandatory and voluntary cover provided within it is available at www.allianzworldwidecare.com