The United States has not ratified the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC), which comes into effect on 20 August.  The MLC, though, contains a “no more favorable treatment clause”, meaning that nations that are party to the Convention will require all ships calling at its ports to meet the MLC requirements.  To assist US-flag vessels that elect to voluntarily comply with the MLC, the US Coast Guard has prepared a five-page sampleOwner/Operator Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance and a two-page sample Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance – Part II. (7/16/13).  Note: Additional information concerning this issue may be found in my article “MLC 2006 and the United States“, published in the March 2013 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News. 

Courtesy of Bryant’s Maritime Consulting

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