Seafarers’ Health and Wellness and the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006), contains international standards for seafarers’ medical care. It provides a comprehensive statement of seafarers’ rights, including standards for conditions of employment, hours of work and rest, accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering, health protection, medical care, welfare and social security protection for seafarers, regulation of recruitment and placement services, and enforcement. The MLC, 2006 has been ratified by 95 countries representing 91 percent of the world’s tonnage of merchant ships. Although the United States has not yet ratified the convention, the U.S. Coast Guard has established a voluntary inspection program for American ships to certify that they conform to it. The greatest value of the convention is its potential for improving seafarers’ health and well-being through prevention. The MLC, 2006 standards that require collecting, analyzing, and researching data on seafarers’ occupational illnesses and injuries, if properly implemented, will help prevent seafarers’ illnesses and injuries and improve their health and well-being.


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  • Accession Number: 01763098
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 28 2021 10:03AM