Protection and Fair Play - Maritime Labour Convention

In August 2013, a new regulation came into force: the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006). It consolidated many previous regulations into one comprehensive set of principles and rights. However, what exactly does this mean for you?

"Seafarers' Bill of Rights"

The shipping industry is highly regulated, which means seafarers can trust that their rights are being protected by law. The Maritime Labour Convention, also known as the “Seafarers’ Bill of Rights”, was adopted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in February 2006 in Geneva.

The MLC consolidated and updated 68 earlier ILO maritime labour instruments. It represents a comprehensive set of basic maritime labour principles and rights. Maritime professionals, both seafarers and shore-based personnel, are eager to know how the MLC will change their every-day work. Students within maritime studies, or those interested in a seafaring career, are interested to know the content and requirements of this new convention.  Its global and uniform compliance and verification system provides advantages to seafarers, shipping companies and governments who are active in the shipping industry.

Additional sources


  • Download the full text of the MLC 2006 here
  • Download the FAQs (ILO, 2012) to learn more about the MLC 2006.
  • Visit the official ILO website regarding the MLC.
  • Learn more about the ILO Maritime Labour Academy and it's workshops and training activities further strengthening the capacity of all interested parties in the promotionand application of the MLC, 2006. (MLC-Training)


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