Maritime Labour Convention 2006: What it is, what it does, how it works

With the Maritime Labour Convention due to come into force on 20 August, the
International Labour Organization (ILO) has compiled a guide to this historic
'seafarers' bill of rights.

Global support for the International Labour Organization's Maritime Labour
Convention continues to increase, as the date it enters into force approaches.
Currently, the ILO has registered ratifications of the Convention by 45 ILO
member States responsible for regulating conditions for seafarers on more than
75 per cent of the world's gross tonnage of ships.

When the Convention, known as "MLC, 2006" comes into force on 20 August -
effectively becoming binding in international law - it will establish minimum
working and living standards for all seafarers on those ships. What's more, it
will also be an essential step toward ensuring fair competition and a
level-playing field for quality owners of ships flying the flags of ratifying

More info - Source: International Labour Organization (ILO)