ITF Reports Increase on MLC Non-Compliant Vessels

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reported that as of August 2015, a 4% increase or 371 vessels have been found to be Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) non-compliant. According to ITF maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith, they had expected that the survey will record a lower number of non-compliance indicating the effectiveness of the MLC and improvement on the condition of the seafarers but result is the opposite.

Smith said that the reason might be that “the convention provides mechanisms that make it easier for seafarers to make complaints. If this is the case, then we can only speculate how many problems went unaddressed prior to the entry into force.”

The ITF’s survey covered problems found on vessels based on seafarers’ real life experiences. ITF listed the following results:

  • The number of reports of MLC non-compliance has increased on the second year (20 August 2014 – 19 August 2015) of the MLC being in force
  • The flag with the highest number of reported problems is Panama
  • The flag with the highest percentage of problematic inspections is St Kitts & Nevis
  • The biggest and recurrent issue is that of unpaid wages
  • The payment of wages below ILO minima is also a significant issue


In 2014, ITF inspectors carried out 7,488 ship visits where 36% (2,755 vessels) were found to have MLC-related problems.
Source: World Maritime News

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