Maritime Labour Convention

Hamburg Port

The MLC entered into force on 20 August 2013. In April 2014 the International Labour Organisation (ILO) agreed several amendments to the MLC to implement the principles agreed back in 2009 by the joint IMO/ILO financial security working group. These amendments  entered into force on 18 January 2017.

Ships that are subject to the MLC are now required to display certificates issued by an insurer or other financial security provider confirming that insurance or other financial security is in place for liabilities in respect of:

  • outstanding wages and repatriation of seafarers together with incidental costs and  expenses in accordance with MLC Regulation 2.5, Standard A2.5.2 and Guideline B2.5, and
  • compensation for death or long-term disability in accordance with Regulation 4.2.,   Standard A4.2. and Guideline B4.2.

Changes to Club Rules

We have made amendments to the Club’s Rules to reflect that MLC Certificates will be provided and the fact that the MLC cover/certification regime is set out in the Club’s MLC extension clause which forms part of a vessel’s terms of entry when an MLC Certificate is provided.  The amendments to the relevant Rules are set out below:


Maritime Labour Extension Clause

MLC Certificates - Application Form

International Group MLC FAQs

North's MLC Circulars

For questions relating to the MLC Amendments please address them to your usual contact at the Club or our MLC Enquiry Team at: