MLC 2006

Providing a global standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention.


The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) is an International Labour Organization convention established in 2006 and embodies "all up-to-date standards of existing international maritime labour Conventions and Recommendations, as well as the fundamental principles to be found in other international labour Conventions". As of November 2014, the treaty has been ratified by 66 countries (excluding Lebanon and Montenegro, for which registration is pending the finalization of formalities), many of which are large flag states in terms of the tonnage they transport. The European Union advised its (then) 27 members to ratify the treaty by 31 December 2010. By August 2014, 19 countries had done so, while Croatia did so before it entered the European Union. The MLC 2006, which came into force worldwide on 20th August 2013, is to ensure that every seafarer has the right to:

AUDIT MLC 2006 Inspections and Maritime Labour Certificates - All ships, whether or not they require a Maritime Labour Certificate, need to be inspected twice within a five year period and where appropriate, inspections should be conducted at the same time as ISM audits. All new ships (or ships that have the keel laid after entry into force) and flagged to a ratifying state must be built in accordance with the Convention’s requirements. Please note that Regulation 3.1 in MLC, 2006 has to be approved during the newbuilding phase or while the ship is substantially being altered.

CERTIFICATION INTERIM & INITIAL - The MLC certification process is similar to ISM and ISPS processes. The certificate is valid for a period of five years and the process includes interim, initial and intermediate inspections.


Preparation of technical specification.

MLC 2006

To ensure Safety at Sea - To prevent injury or loss of life - To avoid damage to the environment and ship.

Preparation of drawings & documents for class approval.

Safety System

To comply with the ISM Code, each ship class must have a working Safety Management System (SMS).

Co-ordination with class for conducting inclining experiment.


There are at least two related audits which will be carried out to verify compliance with the ISM Code.

Preparation of stability booklet and longitudinal strength calculation.


Issued after successfully auditing the ship for making sure that it is operating as per the SMS based on ISM code