109/14 160 Ships Were Detained As A Result of Serious MLC, 2006-Related Deficiencies Being Recorded

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DNV GL has issued PSC Update 05-2014 regarding the first year of the ILO Maritime Labor Convention implementation.

During this year, DNV GL carried out an analysis of MLC, 2006-related deficiencies found by PSC during the first year of theconvention’s enforcement. This analysis revealed that 160 ships were detained as a result of serious deficiencies being recorded.

The most common grounds for detention were:

▪ Records of rest (STCW)
▪ Seafarers’ Employment Agreement (SEA)
▪ Fitness for duty – work and rest hours
▪ Manning specified by the minimum safe manning document (STCW)
▪ Wages

Most MLC, 2006-related detentions in the Tokyo MoU have been in Australia and China, representing approximately 60 per cent of MLC, 2006-related detentions in the region. In the Paris MoU, most MLC, 2006-related detentions have been in Spain, Russia and Bulgaria, representing 40 per cent of MLC, 2006-related detentions in the region.

Recently, AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) stopped a vessel from entering any Australian port for three months due to repeated breaches related to the seafarers’ welfare and the maintenance of the vessel. The vessel in question had been detained three times since July 2013. During these inspections, AMSA detected incompliances with MLC, 2006 related to improper payment of wages, inadequate living and working conditions and inadequate maintenance of the vessel.

With the ongoing CIC on hours of rest (STCW), it is expected that more MLC, 2006-related deficiencies will be detected. DNV GL therefore urges ship managers to pay proper attention to seafarers’ welfare. It is just as important as the proper maintenance of ship equipment, and an integral part of safe operations.

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Source: DNV GL

Thank you & Best Regards,

Eng. Dimitrios Nikolaos Spanos
Lead Maritime Auditor / Principal Surveyor
Member of IRCA, IIMS, ELINT, HELMEPA & Nautical Institute

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