The 2014 amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 which relate to financial security of seafarers in cases of abandonment (Reg 2.5), and contractual claims for compensation in the event of a seafarer’s death or long term disability due to an operational injury, illness or hazard (Reg 4.2) will enter into force on 18 January 2017. A copy of 2014 MLC amendments is available at www.ilo.org.
As of 18 January 2017, each ship must carry on board a certificate or other documentary evidence of financial security to comply with these new provisions. Information regarding contents of the certificate or other documentary evidence is provided in the new Appendix A2-1 and A4-1.
Ship owners should amend the DMLC Part II once the relevant flag State has re-issued the DMLC part I to address these new MLC provisions. This should be done at the earliest opportunity, but no later than the first MLC Renewal Inspection due after 18 January 2017 at which time these new provisions will be verified.