News on the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006


  1. Maritime Labour Convention: Setting sail for a decent future

    10 September 2008

    When the ILO adopted the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 in February 2006, Director-General Juan Somavia called it “making labour history” for the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers. Two years on, the MLC has been ratified by three key flag states representing nearly 20 per cent of the world’s gross tonnage with many more ratifications and industry agreements already under way. A five-year ILO action plan designed to achieve entry into force by 2011 is moving forward this month with two key tripartite experts’ meetings to adopt guidelines for flag State inspections and port State control officers. The ILO reports from the “City of London”, where the MLC is already being put to the test.

  2. Indonesia ratifies ILO Convention n°185 on Seafarers’ identity documents

    16 July 2008

    The Government of Indonesia today handed over the instrument of ratification of the Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003 (No. 185) of the International Labour Organization.

  3. Bahamas ratifies major new ILO Maritime Labour Convention

    12 February 2008

    The Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas today handed over its instrument of ratification of the historic Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  4. Strengthening security on the high seas and in world ports: ILO Convention on seafarers’ ID card gains new momentum

    25 January 2008

    A growing number of countries have already ratified the ILO's Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention No.185 adopted in 2003 or will do so in the near future. The international Convention came into force in February 2005 and creates the first globally applicable system of biometric identification for secure identity documents for the estimated 1.2 million seafarers in the world.