Maritime Labour Convention

Estonia ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

News | 05 June 2016
On 5 May 2016, the Government of Estonia deposited with the International Labour Office (ILO) the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006).

The MLC, 2006 consolidates and revises all except four of the previous maritime labour instruments adopted by the ILO between 1920 and 1996. The Convention’s main objectives are to ensure the worldwide protection of the rights of seafarers and to establish a level playing field for countries and shipowners committed to providing decent working and living conditions to seafarers.

The ratification by Estonia, a coastal state, of this landmark Convention, represents a crucial step to advance its effective implementation. The Estonian merchant fleet consisted of 70 ships in 2015, with a total gross tonnage of 345,000 tonnes. Strategically located, Estonian ports are particularly critical for the maritime transport of oil products moving outwards the region. In 2014, Estonian ports handled 43,6 million tonnes of goods, of which 65% were liquid bulk goods.

The MLC, 2006 entered into force on 20 August 2013 for the first 30 member States that had registered their ratification by 20 August 2012. Estonia is the 74th Member State to have ratified this historic Convention. The MLC, 2006 will enter into force for Estonia on 5 May 2017, that is, one year after its ratification. For more background information, please visit the dedicated MLC, 2006 webpage.