News on the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006


  1. Pacific regional tripartite workshop considered ILO Maritime Labour Convention

    30 November 2010

    The workshop that was held in Nadi, Fiji from 27 to 29 October 2010 brought together seafarers, ship-owners and government labour and maritime officers from Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu to promote the ratification and implementation of the MLC, adopted by the ILO’s International Labour Conference in 2006.

  2. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ratifies Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006)

    26 November 2010

  3. Implementing the Maritime Labour Convention is "almost there"

    27 September 2010

    When the ILO adopted the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006), in February 2006, Director-General Juan Somavia said the Organization had made "labour history" for the world's more than 1.2 million seafarers. Four years on, the Convention is expected to come into force in 2011 or early 2012. ILO Online spoke with Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director of the ILO's International Labour Standards Department, about recent developments in the implementation of the Convention, and what the ILO and its Member States are doing to bring the Convention into force.

  4. Moving Forward with the Maritime Labour Convention

    24 September 2010

    The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 is expected to come into force in 2011 or early 2012. ILO TV interviews three members of the Preparatory Tripartite Maritime Labour Convention Committee: Dave Heindel of the Seafarers’ International Union of North America; Arthur Bowring of the Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association; and Haakon Storhaug, Senior Adviser at the Norwegian Maritime Directorate.

  5. Journeys of a thousand miles begin with a single step

    24 June 2010

    The ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) is expected to come into force soon, with the required level of ratifications being reached by late 2010 or early 2011.

  6. Canada Ratifies Maritime Labour Convention

    18 June 2010

    ILO TV interviews Cleopatra Doumbia- Henry, Director of the International Labour Standards Department about Canada's ratification of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention. "It demonstrates a re-engagement by Canada with international labour standards and it's the first convention ratified by Canada in ten years," says Ms. Doumbia-Henry. The labour standard, sometimes called the “super convention” because of its scope for protecting the working conditions of seafarers, was adopted by the 94th International Labour Conference in Geneva in February 2006.

  7. Canada joins other key maritime States to help bring seafarers' decent work Convention into force

    17 June 2010

    The Government of Canada deposited its instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 with the International Labour Office on 15 June. Canada is the first North American country to ratify this key maritime labour Convention, sometimes called the “super convention”, adopted by the 94th International Labour Conference (Maritime) in Geneva in February 2006.

  8. Bulgaria ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention

    20 April 2010

    By ratifying this significant Convention, Bulgaria became the second European Union country, after Spain, to ratify this instrument, also referred to as the fourth pillar of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping.

  9. Russia ratifies ILO’s Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention

    01 March 2010

    The Russian Federation has ratified the Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003 (No. 185) of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The Representative of the Russian Federation, Mr. Dmitry Gonchar, delivered Russia’s instrument of ratification to ILO International Labour Standards Department, Director Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry. The Convention has now been ratified by 17 ILO member States.

  10. EU Presidency holder Spain becomes first EU state to ratify key ILO Maritime Labour Convention

    05 February 2010

    Spain, which currently holds the European Union Presidency, has become the first EU member state to ratify the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, in a major step toward bringing into force a new, comprehensive “bill of rights” for seafarers.