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The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 has received its thirtieth ratification and is likely to become law within 12 months. La Playa’s Mike Taylor-West highlights the insurance implications.

The Convention provides for minimum rights for paid crew employed in chartering operations; rights to accommodation, medical care, and compensation for lost earnings due to sickness and injury sustained during their employment (under shipowners’ liability). Existing recommendations in this area are now set to be enshrined in law - globally applicable and uniformly enforced.

Although the Convention has not yet been ratified by the UK, it's now expected to become effective within the year. Even vessels which are not flagged in member jurisdictions of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will be affected, as the rules will apply to all vessels operating in territorial waters of IMO members.

The ultimate aim of the MLC is to mirror...

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