News on the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006


  1. First comments of ILO supervisory body on effective implementation of the MLC

    17 February 2015

    For the first time this year, the CEACR has reviewed a number of first reports from ILO member States that have ratified the MLC and has formulated comments on the application of the MLC by these member States.

  2. ILO to hold an international Tripartite Meeting of Experts to advise on recognition of Seafarers’ Identity Documents and border security concerns

    02 February 2015

    From 4 to 6 February 2015, the ILO Governing Body has convened an international tripartite meeting of maritime and technical experts on border control to advise on the national implementation of the Seafarers’ Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003 (No. 185).


  1. New safety and health guidelines to protect seafarers

    22 October 2014

    Maritime occupational safety and health experts agree on guidelines to bolster the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.

  2. A day in a life at sea

    20 August 2014

    The ILO marks a year since the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 entered into force worldwide on August 20, 2013. The MLC, 2006 provides comprehensive protection at work for seafarers. ILO TV travelled on board a container vessel to hear first-hand from seafarers what it's like to spend months at sea and what impact the convention has on their work.

  3. Exponential movement to achieve widespread ratification and effective implementation: The 1st anniversary of Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

    20 August 2014

    Today one year after entry force, 64 countries that are responsible for working and living conditions of seafarers on more than 80 per cent of the world’s fleet have ratified the Convention.

  4. Kenya ratifies the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

    12 August 2014

    Kenya is the 64th ILO member State and the tenth African State – after Liberia, Gabon, Benin, Togo, Morocco, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and Congo – to have ratified the MLC, 2006.

  5. Ireland ratifies the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

    28 July 2014

    Ireland is the 63rd ILO member State and the 21st Member State of the European Union (EU) to have ratified this Convention

  6. Belize ratifies the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

    21 July 2014

    Belize is the 62nd ILO member State and the eighth Member State of the Ocean Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Caribbean Region to have ratified this Convention

  7. Islamic Republic of Iran ratifies the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006)

    11 June 2014

    The Islamic Republic of Iran is the first West Asian country to ratify this landmark Convention

  8. International Labour Organization overwhelmingly supports new international law to protect abandoned seafarers and provide financial security for death or long-term disability of seafarers

    11 June 2014

    The approval of these amendments was a major step in establishing binding international law on these issues which are very important for the shipping industry