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IoM Ship Registry Prepared For Maritime Labor Convention

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

14 August 2013


The Manx Ship Registry has announced that it has been included in the United Kingdom's adoption of the International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC). This is the final piece in the jigsaw for the Isle of Man to give effect to this important Convention and a very important milestone for the island, the Registry said.

The MLC 2006 ensures decent working and living standards for seafarers and conditions of fair competition for ship owners.

Dick Welsh, Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry said: "This concludes a long process and is a very important milestone for the Isle of Man. It demonstrates our commitment to the International Labour Organization and ensures that seafarers receive fair treatment, pay and conditions."

"The Ship Registry team and our counterparts in the United Kingdom have worked closely together to make sure the Convention extended to the Isle of Man before its entry into force and I am pleased that they have managed to achieve this."

He continued: "From our involvement during the tripartite debates to establish the Convention in Geneva in 2006, to the UK’s agreement, this has been a very challenging project, but one which the Isle of Man has been fully supportive of. The hard work will now continue while we make sure we get all of our ships inspected and certified by August next year. The Isle of Man has already been very proactive with MLC guidance and training, and I am confident that with the support of our owners and operators, we will achieve this within the timeframe."

The Isle of Man Ship Registry confirmed that it has already taken steps to prepare for, and implement, its inspection obligations under the Convention. It confirmed that it is on track to ensure that the employment and working conditions for the seafarers serving on its 500-plus vessels comply in all respects.

TAGS: Isle of Man | marine | training | United Kingdom | standards | regulation

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