MLC Convention

MLC 2006 to promote human and labour rights

The Maritime Labour Convention was adopted during ILO, the Conference of the International Labour Organization, on February 2006. The UN agency devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.

In line with the ILO motto ‘To ensure decent seafearers’ working and living conditions”, the MLC 2006 sets out seafarers' rights to decent conditions of work and helps to create conditions of fair competition among shipowners. The MLC Convention entered into force on August, 20th 2013.

Regulatory Focus

The Convention is split into three parts – Articles, Regulations and the Code (Part A and B). The Code details provisions of the Convention contain two parts – mandatory Part A and advisory Part B.
The provisions cover different aspects:


RINA, according to the delegations received by Administrations, performs verifications and issues certificates as foreseen by the Convention.

Ships to be inspected and certified are all commercially operating ships of 500 gross tonnages or more that fly under the flag of any of the Countries that have ratified the MLC 2006, if they operate on international voyages. They are required to carry, among other things, two specific documents: the Maritime Labour Certificate (MLC) and the Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance (DMLC).
Ships to be only inspected are all other ships that fly under the flag of any of the Countries that have ratified the MLC 2006, only against the requirements of the Convention.

In addition, ships flying under the flag of countries that have not ratified the MLC 2006 are also subject to inspection as regards working and living conditions of seafarers, when those ships enter in port of countries where the MLC 2006 is in force.


Since its adoption in 2006, we have actively participated to international and national meetings for the development, application and implementation of the MLC 2006 held by ILO, Flag Administrations, Industry partners and Unions.

We are therefore an experienced and competent player, who can assist all stakeholders in the smooth implementation of this Convention, with a wide range of services including:


Does the MLC 2006 impact on the design of new ships?
Yes, all new ships to which the convention is applicable must be built in accordance with the requirements for the ship’s accommodations set in the convention, as implemented at national level.

Are specific training courses on the Maritime Labour Convention available?
Yes, RINA Academy provides training courses on international regulations, including the MLC 2006 convention.
Please contact us for course calendars or to arrange a tailored made course for your personnel.

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