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Crew Recruitment Changes Through the MLC 2006 Regulations

28 May 2014
How has MLC 2006 Changed Crew Recruitment? 
The Maritime Labour Convention ratified in Geneva in 2006 came into force last year, resulting in tighter regulation and better conditions for maritime workers. The MLC 2006 was groundbreaking because it set standards which were not previously in place. 

New Conditions  
MLC 2006 imposed a minimum age for a maritime worker – 16 years old. It also forbade anyone under 18 to work aboard a vessel during the night. More stringent qualification requirements were laid out in order to ensure that the industry ensures it is hiring people which are appropriate for the tasks at hand. 
Seafarers and vessel owners are also required to have access to efficient and well-regulated maritime recruitment. An example of this is that each maritime job-seeker must give a stipulated amount of information on themselves prior to them being eligible for recruitment. This information includes their qualifications and personal information relevant to the job, such as medical history, among other things. 

Contractual Obligations 
Maritime employers and employees also have to enter into a contract of employment with their working conditions defined under the requirements stipulated by MLC 2006. An employee’s working day was set at eight hours with a stipulated minimum wage adjustable to reflect rises in the cost of living. 

Living Standard Requirements
Other mandatory standards, such as those related to living conditions, food and water quality we also set out, as well as those health and safety measures. An example of this is that a vessel with more than 100 crew onboard is now required to have a fully-qualified doctor at all times during operation. Vessel owners are also liable to provide compensation as a result of prolonged sickness, accidents or deaths. 

MLC 2006 Conclusion
In conclusion, crew recruitment has changed for the better because there now tighter regulation and more accountability in the event that things do go wrong. From the perspective of the recruiter, there is much more transparency because someone looking for maritime work has to lay out who they are and what they are qualified to do long with their employment and medical histories. Mandatory contracts prior to the commencement of a working relationship also mean adequate protections are in place for both employers and crew. 

We, at Vella Marine Malta are in the final stages of the process to be fully MLC 2006 approved. We believe this is in the best interest of both the Yacht Owner/Captain and also the crew members. 

If you would like more info, please do not hesitate to contact us;
info@vellamarinemalta.com
www.vellamarinemalta.com
+356 79271344
+356 27291011
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