Maritime New Zealand reminds that ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) will apply to New Zealand ships from 9 March 2017. After this date, Maritime NZ will be able to inspect for compliance with the Convention on foreign-flagged ships in New Zealand ports.
New Zealand ship operators will also be able to apply for a Maritime Labour Certificate for their ship.
The Convention will apply to about 890 foreign commercial cargo and cruise ships visiting New Zealand annually, and about 30 New Zealand ships.
It covers commercial vessels of 200 gross tonnage or more, that operate outside the in-shore limits. It does not apply to fishing vessels.