Box ship meets new labour standards

14 Mar 2012
CSM are well on the way to meeting the MLC requirements

CSM are well on the way to meeting the MLC requirements

A Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) box ship has achieved a Maritime Labour Statement of Compliance from Germanischer Lloyd (GL) confirming it meets requirements for the forthcoming ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).

The inspection to Cape Mayor was carried out by GL last month onboard the ship in Hamburg.

Andreas Horber, quality assurance manager at CSM, said: “We merely had to adapt a few internal procedures and the documentation to the requirements, because the HR departments, quality management, crewing agencies are involved in the proper implementation of the MLC2006."

CSM now plans to have its other vessels certified as well.

The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) is due to come into force in 2013 - more than 50,000 ships will have to be inspected before then.

The Convention requires all international merchant vessels of over 500gt or more to carry a Maritime Labour Certificate and a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance onboard.

It will govern living and working conditions onboard a ship for over 1.2m seafarers worldwide – including occupational health and safety and fair employment contract conditions.

GL expects there to be a rapid rise in voluntary pre-certification in the coming months. Early GL voluntary certification leading to a Statement of Compliance will be converted into a Maritime Labour Certificate once the new Convention enters into force.

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