Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will launch a concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) in 2016 to verify compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006). This inspection campaign will be held for three months, commencing from 1 September 2016 and ending on 30 November 2016.
The MLC 2006 addresses a wide range of matters, including the obligations of shipping companies with respect to seafarers’ contractual arrangements, working hours, health and safety, crew accommodation, catering standards, and seafarers’ welfare.
Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will use a list of 12 selected questions to establish that all seafarers living and working condition in compliances with minimum standard required by convention. Additionally there are questions aimed at gathering information about seafarers under the age of 18, safety onboard trainings, if seafarers have a copy of employment agreements and valid medical fitness certificates.
When deficiencies are found, actions by the Port State may vary from recording a deficiencies and instructing the master to rectify it within a certain period to detaining the ship until serious deficiencies gave been rectified.
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