The Maritime Labour Convention (2006)

The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 which came into force on the 20th August 2013 places several obligations on flag states which are seamlessly addressed by Vessel HQ.


The MLC (2006) Specifics How Vessel HQ supports the MLC (2006)

The MLC Obligations

MLC Regulation 5.1.4

The competent authority of each Member shall maintain records of inspections of the conditions for seafarers on ships that fly its flag. It shall publish an annual report on inspection activities within a reasonable time, not exceeding six months, after the end of the year.

Standard A.4.3 paragraph 5

5. The competent authority shall ensure that:

(a) occupational accidents, injuries and diseases are adequately reported, taking into account the guidance provided by the International labour Organization with respect to the reporting and recording of occupational accidents and diseases;

(b) comprehensive statistics of such accidents and diseases are kept, analysed and published and, where appropriate, followed up by research into general trends and into the hazards identified; and

(c) occupational accidents are investigated.

Constitution of the ILO Art 22

Each of the members agrees to make an annual report to the International Labour Office on the measures that it has taken to give effect to the provisions of Conventions to which it is a party. These reports shall be made in such form and shall contain such particulars as the governing body may request.

Standard A.4.3 paragraph 6

6. Reporting and investigation of occupational safety and health matters shall be designed to ensure the protection of seafarers' personal data, and shall take account of the guidance provided by the International Labour Organization on this matter.

Standard A.4.3 paragraph 8

8. The competent authority shall require that shipowners conducting risk evaluation in relation to management of occupational safety and health refer to appropriate statistical information from their ships and from general statistics provided by the competent authority.

The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 and Vessel HQ

Inspection and Enforcement

Vessel HQ contains a detailed inspection recording module. This can be used for any survey or inspection including ILO inspections. Any inspection can be recorded against a ship and shows the date and the date by which any corrective action is to be completed. The details of any inspection can be uploaded to the system and stored permanently with that ship’s record. An inspection calendar allows future inspections to be planned and co-ordinated. If there is corrective action to be taken after an inspection, the inspection stays visible on the Dashboard until the corrective action is closed out ensuring that deficiencies are never forgotten. The reporting module allows statistics on inspections to be called up for any selected time period.

Analysing Statistics

The MLC requires administrations to analyse accidents and occupational diseases and identify trends in order to take steps to reduce accident rates. Vessel HQ’s reports generator allows this to be easily achieved for any selected time period. Paragraph 8 of the A4.3 standard also mandates administrations to require companies to take account of published accident data from the administration when undertaking risk assessments That, in turn requires administrations to have and publish the data. VesselHQ is a tool that enables easy access to data on accidents and their analysis in many different ways enabling an easy way to meet this requirement.

ILO Reporting

The standard Art. 22 form for reporting the MLC contains requests for a considerable amount of data on fleet breakdown by size separating, for example, ships of less than 200GT, this data is instantly available from Vessel HQ for any time.

Recording Accidents & Diseases

To meet the MLC obligations, Marine Administrations need a system that enables reported accidents and diseases to be recorded and then analysed. Against each ship in Vessel HQ is an area where accidents and occupational diseases are recorded against a vessel, stored permanently and accompanied by supporting documentation. The report generator allows accident statistics across the entire fleet to be analysed.

Security of Data

The MLC requirement in Standard A4.3 paragraph 6 places a requirement on administrations to ensure the protection of seafarers personal data. Vessel HQ does this automatically using effective encryption and procedures which have been audited and certified to the ISO27001:2013 standard for Information Security Management.

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