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Ships detained for MLC deficiencies

  • Friday, 25 October 2013 | News

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control has reported that seven ships were detained for MLC-related deficiencies during the first month of implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006).

This means that 10 per cent of the total number of detentions (68) in the Paris MoU area in this period were MLC-related.

The detentions were imposed by four different port States: Spain (3 ships), Canada (2 ships), Denmark, and Russia. The detained ships were flying the flag of Cyprus (2 ships), Panama (2 ships), Liberia, the Netherlands, and Tanzania.

The MLC, 2006 applies to all ships engaged in commercial activities. International certification is required for all ships of 500GT and over, making international voyages.

The requirements of the MLC, 2006 have had to be implemented on board relevant ships since the entry into force date 20 August 2013, but only the member States of the Paris MoU who have ratified the MLC, 2006 on or before 20 August 2012 are entitled to conduct PSC inspections on MLC, 2006 requirements since the 20 August 2013 date.

As a result the following twelve member States have started enforcing the MLC, 2006: Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain and Sweden.

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