What is the Maritime Labour Convention (2006)?

THe Maritime Labour Convention (2006) is an important international labour Convention that was adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO). It sets out seafarers’ rights to decent conditions of work.

The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 is the “fourth pillar” of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping, complementing the key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) such as the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended (SOLAS), the International Convention Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping, 1978, as amended (STCW) and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 73/78 (MARPOL).

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) and Nautilus International have published a free Guide on the Maritime Labour Convention (2006). (Opens in a new window.)