GL launches MLC 2006 e-learning tool

11 Aug 2011

Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has developed what it claims to be the first e-learning tool designed to familiarise shipowners, managers, crewing agencies and seafarers with the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006).

GL says that as the date of entry into force of MLC 2006 rapidly approaches, preparation is a massive task, with some 55,000 seagoing vessels requiring certification of compliance and the regulations impacting on every level of an organisation. Under MLC 2006, regulations governing working and living conditions for seafarers will become mandatory for nearly every seagoing ship trading internationally. The convention sets out international regulations to provide seafarers with fair, safe and decent working and living conditions, and requires the awareness of all parties involved in the implementation of this new convention.

GL explains that to date, 16 IMO member states have ratified MLC 2006, with another 14 ratifications still pending. Although the exact date of entry into force of the convention is not yet known, it is anticipated that full ratification will be achieved early in 2012. The MLC 2006 will then enter into force twelve months later.

The CD-based e-learing tool covers all of the regulations, including:

  • hours of work and hours of rest;
  • seafarers' employment agreements; and
  • on-board complaint procedures

Additionally, the tool provides information and examples of how compliance with the MLC 2006 can be achieved, as well as examples illustrating possible methods of implementation. It shows how a vessel's owners and crew can prepare themselves for an inspection; explaining the expectations auditors will have, what questions they will be asking, and how a ship's crew can demonstrate compliance with the requirements.

GL says the tool touches on all relevant aspects of the MLC 2006. It explains, step by step, every regulation of the convention. Olaf Quas, GL's global head of practice ISM/ISPS/MLC 2006, explains: "We have developed this e-learning tool to help individuals prepare themselves and where the main topics of the MLC 2006 are explained in a few words. This tool has been built with both the crew on board and shore based personnel in mind, but its portability and ease of use will be especially helpful for personnel who cannot easily visit a training seminar."

The tool is designed to provide support for all involved parties; making the MLC 2006 transparent and comprehensible, and to contribute to the smooth implementation of the new requirements.

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