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China Ratifies Maritime Labour Convention

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

26 November 2015


On November 12, 2015, China became the 68th International Labour Organization (ILO) member state to have ratified the the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006).

As the fourth pillar of the international maritime legal regime – complementing the key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) – the MLC, 2006 is aimed at ensuring decent working and living conditions for seafarers and fair competition for shipowners.

Welcoming the development, the ILO said, with over 250,000 seafarers and a merchant fleet of 44,474,904 gross tonnage of shipping, China plays a significant role in the maritime industry. "Its ratification of the MLC, 2006, is anticipated to have a strong impact on the working and living conditions of the world's seafarers," it said.

In transmitting the instrument of ratification, Ambassador Wu Hailong, Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations, stated: "it is a great honor to present the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. I am confident that China will not only fulfil the obligations to effectively implement the Convention, but will also drive global efforts to promote compliance with the Convention throughout the world."

In welcoming the ratification of the MLC, 2006, the ILO's Director-General, Guy Ryder, said: "It is a great pleasure to welcome the ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, by the People's Republic of China. This ratification is of particular significance given the great contribution by the People's Republic of China to shipping and its immense importance to the global fleet. China has approximately 3,000 vessels flying its flag, and its regulations implementing the MLC, 2006, will contribute to ensuring that the decent working and living conditions enshrined in the Convention are respected across international waters."

The MLC, 2006, entered into force on August 20, 2013, for the first 30 member states that had registered their ratifications by August 20, 2012. To date, the states that have ratified the MLC, 2006, represent over 80 percent of the world gross tonnage of shipping. The Convention will enter into force for China on November 12, 2016, i.e. one year after its ratification.

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