The Maritime Labour Convention

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The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) was first introduced in 2013. Since then, several amendments have been implemented, with the latest coming into force on 18 January 2017.

Learn more about the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) and find information on certification requirements, changes to our rules, as well as the latest documents and circulars.

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If your ship is subject to the MLC, you are required to obtain and display certificates issued by an appropriate insurer or other financial security provider confirming that insurance or other financial security is in place for liabilities covering:

  • 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’ve changed our Rules to reflect that MLC certificates are now provided. These amendments also cover 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.

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