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Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006)

Find out more about 'The Seafarers’ Bill of Rights'

As a seafarer, do you know there is a bill of rights to ensure you have decent living and working standards? This includes everyone working on board including those on cruise ships.

The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) sets out seafarers’ rights at work, including employment terms, health and safety, living and working conditions, access to medical care and social security. It came into force in August 2013.

For over a decade the ITF worked with governments and shipowners’ representatives within the International Labour Organization (ILO) to create and shape the MLC. Now our focus is to:

  • make sure the MLC is fully implemented worldwide
  • encourage more countries to ratify the MLC
  • make sure seafarers know their rights under the MLC

You can read more on the MLC from the International Labour Organization, here.

Check if your country has ratified the MLC

Learn how your union can support ratification and implementation of the MLC – email us at


Bandula Idamegama
3 years 11 months ago

I am an Organizer of the Sri Lankan affiliate of ITF, namely National Union of Seafarers Sri Lanka (NUSS), and this is just to thank the ITF (Seafarers' Section) for selecting Sri Lanka to conduct a union awareness event. The event indeed came off last week in Colombo.

مهند منصور
3 years 6 months ago

انا مواطن الجنسية سوري اريد التكلم اليكم لاني يوجد لدي مشكلة ولكم الشكر

Anonymous Seafarer
3 years 6 months ago

I'm an employee of HanShip Management Pte. Ltd., some of our seafarer complains about working hours because some of our ship working hours is from 0730h-1130h without breaktime then in the afternoon from 1300h-1800h without breaktime. Please help our cocrew workers from other ship. They always want to push crew.