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Instruction to RO - No. 22. Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

1 Introduction

The Netherlands Maritime Administration (in its' role as competent authority, hereinafter referred to as 'the Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate (NSI)) is responsible for the inspection and certification of the working and living conditions of the seafarers on ships flying the flag of the Netherlands. The NSI has delegated almost all of the certification- and inspection requirements of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) to the Recognized Organizations (ROs). The NSI does issue the Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance (DMLC) part I and has a role in the assessment of certain MLC-related substantial equivalencies and exemptions. This Instruction sets out the elements as required by Regulation 5.1.2 of the MLC, 2006, as amended.

Please find the national requirements, including the interpretation on relevant articles of the legislation and the (conditions/possibilities for) exemptions, on NeRF and further information regarding MLC on the ILT website.

2 Scope of the authorization

The NSI authorizes the ROs, in accordance with MLC, Regulation 5.1.2, and IMO Resolution A.739(18), as amended by Resolution MSC.208(81), 'Guidelines for the Authorization of Recognized Organizations Acting on behalf of the Administrations', for verifying compliance with the MLC, including the requirements pertaining to the DMLC Parts I, II and required certification services.

  • The issuance of the (Interim) Maritime Labour Certificate on behalf of the NSI, is documented in the 'Decree Mandate and Authorization of certification of sea-going ships 2012'. The RO is authorized to undersign the DMLC – Part II.

  • The RO is authorized to carry out any examination, test or inspection considered necessary to determine that the standards of the MLC 2006 (including any relevant national requirements) are complied with.

  • Furthermore, the RO is authorized to require the rectification of deficiencies that it identifies related to the items addressed in chapter 3 of the Guidelines for flag State inspections (reference is made to paragraph 5.1 of this Instruction) and to carry out inspections on behalf of the NSI in this regard at the request of a Port State.

An overview of authorizations is specified in the mutual agreement with the RO's.

3 Application

3.1 General

Except as expressly provided otherwise, the MLC, 2006 applies to all ships1, 2, whether publicly or privately owned, primarily engaged in commercial activities, other than ships engaged in fishing or in similar pursuits (e.g. shellfish dredgers, drifters and trap-setters). The MLC, 2006 does not apply to warships, naval auxiliaries and ships with no mechanical means of propulsion not carrying persons (e.g. pontoons).

The following ships shall be inspected and certified to be in compliance with the requirements of the Convention and carry and maintain a Maritime Labour Certificate (ML Certificate) and the Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance (DMLC) Parts I and II issued in English:

  1. Ships of 500 gross tonnage or over, engaged in international voyages; and

  2. Ships of 500 gross tonnage or over, operating from a port, or between ports, in another country; and

  3. Other ships, as may be voluntarily requested by a ship-owner.

All ships to which the MLC, 2006 applies, but which are not required to be certified:

  • under 500 gross tons, or

  • not engaged in international voyages, or

  • not operating from a port, or between ports, in another country, or

  • voluntary certified,

shall still comply with the same requirements as for certified ships (with the exception of the requirement to be provided with a DMLC and ML Certificate).

These ships, (except those which are voluntarily certified), should be subject to an inspection by the NSI (flag State Control) at least once every three years. A positive outcome of the inspection (e.g. noted on the inspection report) will constitute evidence of compliance with the MLC 2006. The NSI encourages ship-owners to certify these ships voluntarily by their RO in order to avoid difficulties when inspected by Port State Control.

3.2 Seafarer

Seafarers and non-seafarers are defined in the Annex to DMLC part I, under 'General information'.

3.3 Ship-owner

The ship-owner, that shall be mentioned on the ML certificate, must be:

  1. the bareboat charterer of a ship, as mentioned on the Certificate of Registry; otherwise

  2. the owner, as mentioned on the Certificate of Registry, or

  3. a manager (as assigned by the owner under sub 2.) as defined in Article 311, 3rd paragraph, of the Code of Commerce, to which the owner has officially transferred the responsibility for matters involving compliance with MLC .

The entities eligible for MLC are monthly reported to the RO's by NSI.

In case of interim audit for first MLC certification, the entity as mentioned under sub 3. may not yet be present on the list; in that case the owner must provide proof of this arrangement in the form of the application form (Nationality certificate and Certificate of Registry merchant shipping) which shall be accompanied by the required documentary evidence that this entity has been appointed (the latter does not need to be assessed by the RO):

Always include:

Recent extract Chamber of Commerce

If the ship manager is a legal entity:

A copy of the act of formation of the company and a statement from a civil-law notary that lists the names and

addresses of the directors

If the ship manager is a firm or shipping company without legal entity:

A copy of the act of forming a firm or a shipping company and a statement from a civil-law notary regarding the

names and addresses of the partners personally liable or members of the shipping company

Note: The ISM Company is not eligible as the ships' 'ship-owner' in the sense of the MLC, 2006, unless this entity is one of the three mentioned above.

3.4 Seafarers' employment agreements

In derogation of Standard A2.1, paragraph 1 (a), of MLC, 2006, the Netherlands allows SEA's to be signed not only by the ship-owner or a representative of the ship-owner, but these may also be signed by an employer other than the ship-owner or his representative (substantial equivalency).

In most cases it is not possible to close an SEA if the Master is also the employer (e.g. if the Master is also the ship-owner). The Master/ship-owner shall demonstrate the specific legal structure through the ISM system of the ship and/or other relevant documentation.

There are three specific groups of other employers that may be accepted directly by the RO:

  1. An employer that has employees working on a part of the ship, that is rented by this employer from the ship-owner;

  2. An employer that has employees working on a ship that has been chartered by the employer for specified work;

  3. Other employer:

    1. where it is clear from a contract that the work performed is in connection with delivered goods or an accomplished activity. This may be a specific work, related to the maintenance of the ship or it may be the work related to fulfilling a guarantee;

    2. where it is clear from a contract between the ship-owner and a different ship-owner that this assistance is rendered without financial profit. The seafarers must be employed by the different ship-owner. The different ship-owner must be clearly identified as a ship-owner;

    3. where it is clear that an enterprise has allocated the work related to manning to a specific entity in the enterprise. The ship-owner must show that the Manning Department forms a full part of the enterprise;

    4. if the ship-owner is of the opinion that none of the above options apply, he will contact the NSI for further guidance. In this case the ship-owner shall provide the NSI with documentary evidence that the other employer is not a temporary employment agency through a contract between the ship-owner and the other employer specifying the kind of work concerned, and stipulating the duration of the contract. If approved, the NSI will then issue a 'letter of acceptance' that should be attached to the DMLC-Part II.

The fourth possibility is that the other employer is a temporary employment agency, in this case additional requirements are in place (reference is made to the Annex to DMLC- part I) and confirming compliance is required as described underneath in paragraph 3.5 of this Instruction.

3.5 Verification of Recruitment and Placement services and temporary employment agencies

For the use of confirming compliance of the Recruitment and Placement (R&P) services with Regulation 1.4 and temporary employment agencies under Regulation 2.1 and as indicated in paragraph 3.4 of this Instruction, the RO shall verify if:

  1. the R&P service / temporary employment agency has been audited with a positive result, by a RO authorized by the NSI; or

  2. the R&P service / temporary employment agency is located in and has been approved by a country that is a Member to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006; or

  3. the ship-owner provides evidence that the R&P service / temporary employment agency complies with the stipulated Regulations.

4 Exemptions and substantial equivalencies

4.1 General

The Convention allows for flexibility in implementation by providing for national determinations, substantial equivalencies, and exemptions and variations under certain provisions. The approval and determination of such deviation of the requirements is the prerogative of the NSI.

There is an overview of possible exemptions and substantial equivalencies as well as the procedure published on the website of the ILT . The ship-owner shall determine in advance which exemption(s) or substantial equivalent(s) are applicable for his ship.

To become eligible for an exemption (reference is made to the procedure below) or substantial equivalency, the ship-owner shall submit a request to the NSI, together with the application for the DMLC – Part I. The NSI will include the exemption(s) and substantial equivalency / equivalencies in the DMLC - part I.

4.2 Procedure for the issuance of exemptions

4.2.1 Exemption for existing ships

For existing3 ships under Netherlands' flag, no further verification of compliance of the configuration (construction) of the accommodation and recreational facilities with Title 3 / Regulation 3.1 of the MLC (DMLC – Part I, items 8 and 9) is needed. The ML certificate provides evidence that the accommodation of the ship meets the ML requirements for existing ships. The 'Accommodation Certificate' (Verblijvencertificaat) will no longer be issued.

For ships flagging in to the Netherlands' registry with a keel laying date before August 20th, 2013, the NSI will deal with verification of compliance of the configuration of the accommodation and recreational facilities with the Seamen's Decree and a Statement of Compliance is issued.

Ships flagging in, with a keel laying date after August 20th, 2013, shall be verified for compliance by the RO dealing with the MLC Certification. For ships without ML Certificate (<500GT), sailing in continuous mode, MLC compliance for accommodation shall be verified by the RO for Hull & Machinery. In case no substantial equivalencies or exemptions are applicable the approval by another IACS member is accepted. In other cases the concerned procedure shall be applied.

For all existing ships the procedural requirements as described in Articles 3.13, 3.18, 3.20, 3.21 and 4.4 of the Regulation Seafarers shall still be verified by the RO.

4.2.2 Exemption(s) for new-building or major conversion

Exemptions shall be requested by the ship-owner before the actual start of the new building, conversion or modification related to the requirements for the accommodation and facilities. The ship-owner shall seek consent with the social partners. This procedure can be found here. If agreed and the requested exemption is in compliance with all relevant requirements and conditions, the NSI can agree. With the submission of the plan as referred to in Article 3.23 of the Seafarer Regulation, the results of the discussion with the social partners will be included. If no consent was achieved, the ship-owner may submit a motivated request, stating the exemptions and relevant equivalent arrangements. The NSI will consider the request and decide if an exemption will be granted.

The RO shall verify the configuration of the approved exemption on board the ship, as included in the DMLC – Part I, before issuance of the ML Certificate.

4.2.3 Hospital

The current text of Article 3.12, paragraph 3 can lead to confusion regarding the required number of actual beds in the hospital. On ships with a crew of more than 15 but less than 30 persons, one bed is required. On ships with a crew of more than 30 persons two separate beds are required (not a double bed or a bunk bed). A treatment bench is not considered sufficient because there may be several situations in which prolonged stay in the infirmary is desired, for example:

  • Oxygen needed;

  • Separation due to risk of infection;

  • Isolate due to risking their own lives or the lives of others (psychosis, severe depression, severe anxiety, tying down of a patient may be necessary;

  • The need for frequent monitoring of blood pressure, pulse, etc.;

  • To prevent social unrest.

5 Inspections

5.1 General

All inspections shall be carried out in accordance with the ILO document, 'Guidelines for Flag State Inspections under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006'.

The RO shall make all reasonable efforts to avoid a ship being unreasonably detained or delayed.

The interim, initial, intermediate and renewal inspections, should be carried out given the guidance in Paragraph 3.2 of the Guidelines ('how to check the basic requirements').

5.2 Initial Inspections

Initial inspections shall be conducted to ensure compliance with the national requirements implementing the MLC, 2006, as amended.

Before the initial inspection takes place, the ship owner must apply for a DMLC - Part I as amended at the NSI.

When DMLC - Part II has been verified to be in compliance with DMLC - Part I with respect to the ship, the shipowner (see paragraph 3.3) and the operation is in compliance with the MLC, a Maritime Labour Certificate shall be issued on behalf of the NSI

See paragraph 6.2 of this Instruction with regard to the scope of the issuance of an Interim Maritime Labour Certificate.

5.3 Intermediate Inspections

Intermediate inspections shall be conducted to ensure continued compliance with the national requirements implementing the MLC, 2006, as amended. An intermediate inspection shall be conducted between the second and third anniversary dates4 of the ML Certificate.

The scope and depth of the intermediate inspection shall be equal to an inspection for renewal of the certificate.

The ML Certificate shall be endorsed by the RO following satisfactory completion of the intermediate inspection.

5.4 Renewal Inspections

Renewal inspections shall encompass inspections for all requirements (scope and depth of an initial inspection) and be completed as follows:

  • When the renewal inspection is completed within three (3) months before the expiry of the existing ML Certificate, the new ML Certificate shall be valid from the date of completion of the renewal inspection for a period not exceeding five (5) years from the date of expiry of the existing ML Certificate.

  • When the renewal inspection is completed more than three (3) months before the expiry date of the existing ML Certificate, the new ML Certificate shall be valid for a period not exceeding five (5) years starting from the date of completion of the renewal inspection.

5.5 Restore inspection

In case a required inspection has not been carried out or has been carried out outside the 'window' (overdue), a restore inspection is mandatory and the NSI shall be informed. The scope and the depth of the inspection is to be decided by the NSI and may include an additional ISM audit for which the scope will be provided. After the inspection has been carried out to the satisfaction of the NSI or RO, the certificate shall be provided with the following note:

'at the request of the Netherlands Administration a more thorough and stringent inspection has been carried out, after which the validity of this certificate has been restored'.

As an alternative to the above the RO may also issue a new ML Certificate, mentioning the details in the survey report.

5.6 Additional inspections

An additional Maritime Labour inspection may be carried out by the authorized RO:

  1. if the NSI receives a complaint which it does not consider manifestly unfounded or obtains evidence that a ship does not comply with the requirements of this Convention or that there are serious deficiencies in the implementation of the measures set out in the DMLC - Part II;

  2. if after a more detailed inspection by an authorized officer of a Port State, the ship is prohibited from proceeding to sea until any conditions on board that are clearly hazardous to the safety, health or security of seafarers are rectified; or the deficiency that constitutes a serious or repeated breach of the requirements of this Convention have been rectified; or a plan of action to rectify such deficiencies has been accepted by the authorized officer, and is satisfied that the plan will be implemented in an expeditious manner;

  3. if after a more detailed inspection by an authorized officer of a Port State or Flag State deficiencies are raised, requiring additional verification;

  4. when changes have been made to DMLC – Part I or the measures in DMLC - Part II;

  5. when a substantial alteration has been made to the seafarers accommodation or other structural changes affecting the living conditions (indication by the NSI); or

  6. other occasions as may be deemed appropriate by the NSI.

6 Certification

6.1 Maritime Labour Certificate (ML Certificate)

The DMLC – Part I shall be drawn up by the NSI and identifies the list of 16 matters to be inspected, the relevant national requirements, ship-type specific requirements under national legislation, any substantially equivalent provisions, and any exemptions granted.

The DMLC- Part II shall be drawn up by the ship-owner (see paragraph 3.3) and it shall be signed and stamped, following a successful on-board inspection, to confirm compliance by the relevant RO prior to issuance of the ML Certificate to the ship-owner / operator.

The ML Certificate, issued by the RO, affirms that seafarers working- and living conditions aboard a ship meets all the Netherlands laws and regulations that govern the implementation of the MLC, 2006, as amended.

6.2 Interim Maritime Labour Certificate (IMLC)

An IMLC may be issued:

  1. to new build ships on delivery;

  2. when a ship changes to Netherlands flag;

  3. when a ship owner assumes responsibility for the operation of a ship which is new to that ship owner.

An IMLC may only be issued following verification that the ship has been inspected, as far as reasonable and practicable, with satisfactory results, taking into account the conditions stated below:

  • the ship owner has submitted a preliminary draft of the DMLC - Part II to the RO which outlines the measures that the ship owner proposes to demonstrate compliance with the MLC, 2006, taking into account the Netherlands' requirements available on the website of the NSI;

  • the ship owner has demonstrated to the RO that the ship has adequate procedures adopted in the draft of the DMLC-Part II to comply with the requirements of the Convention and national requirements;

  • the Master is familiar with the requirements and the responsibilities for implementation;

  • the ship owner has submitted the relevant information to produce a DMLC-Part I to the NSI.

6.3 Amendments

In general: for the up-to-date status of the Text and preparatory reports of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 as well as the amendments, please find Text and preparatory reports of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (ilo.org)

6.3.1 Amendments 2014 – liability for repatriation and abandonment

As per January 18th, 2017 two matters have been added to the MLC, 2006: the liability of the ship owners for the repatriation of seafarers and the liability of ship owners for the abandonment of seafarers.

If the RO establishes that the MLC insurance will lapse, please inform the NSI about this, since the NSI has a legal obligation to inform the captain of the ship concerned. When an insurance is terminated by an insurance company, a period of at least 30 days must be taken into account to enable the seafarers to submit an insurance claim to that insurance company.

For the acceptance of amendments of 2014 to the MLC, 2006 see: Acceptance of amendments of 2014 to the MLC, 2006

6.3.2 Amendments 2016 – harassment and bullying

As per January 8th, 2019 the following matters have been added to the MLC, 2006: harassment and bullying. As these matters were already addressed in the Working Conditions Act, no implementation was needed.

For the acceptance of amendments of 2016 to the MLC, 2006 see: Acceptance of amendments of 2016 to the MLC, 2006

6.3.3 Amendments 2018 – piracy and armed robbery

As per December 26th, 2020 the following matters have been added to the ML Convention: the continuing seafarers' rights to wages and other entitlements under the Seafarers' Employment Agreement as long as the seafarer is held captive on or off the ship as a result of acts of piracy or armed robbery until the seafarer has been duly repatriated. The Netherlands(Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment) needs more time to implement these amendments into Dutch legislation. Therefore a postponement has been requested and granted by the ILO. The Netherlands will be bound by these amendments only after subsequent notification of the acceptance, however ship owners shall be able to demonstrate that at least the same level of protection required by the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended through the 2018 Amendments (as per the NSI's Statement and letter of SZW).

For the acceptance of amendments of 2018 to the MLC, 2006 see: Acceptance of amendments of 2018 to the MLC, 2006

6.4 Changes

6.4.1 DMLC - Part I

In case of changes in ships name, Gross Tonnage or type of ship, an amended DMLC - Part I will be issued. Furthermore, only affected pages in the DMLC - Part II, if any, must be submitted to the RO which certified the DMLC - Part II and issued the ML Certificate. An amended ML Certificate with the new issue date and the same expiry date as the original ML Certificate will be issued by the RO. The endorsement for the intermediate inspection, if carried out, shall be transferred to the new certificate, with date and location. The endorsement shall be stamped, dated and signed.

The NSI will inform ROs and ship owners of regulatory changes to the DMLC - Part I. Depending on the nature of the changes to the DMLC – Part I, the NSI will provide instructions with regard to the procedures to be followed for specific amendments. Intended changes of the regulatory framework will be communicated in the regular liaison meetings as referred to in Article 7.7 of the Agreement.

Editorial changes (non-substantial) to the DMLC-Part I will be collected and processed at the next substantial change.

In case of substantial (indicated by the NSI) changes to the DMLC - Part I, requiring updating of the DMLC - Part II, a new DMLC - Part I will be issued to each ship or an addendum to the existing DMLC – Part I will be issued. An additional Maritime Labour inspection may be required to verify the new measures of the ship owner and a new DMLC - Part II may be reviewed to confirm compliance.

The ship owner is responsible for the timely application for a new DMLC – Part I which contains the amendments before the ML Certificate expires and before the RO carries out the ML Renewal inspection.

If necessary, an amended ML Certificate with the new issue date, DMLC issue date, and the same expiry date as the previous ML Certificate will be issued by the RO. The endorsement for the intermediate inspection, if carried out, shall be transferred to the new certificate, with date and location. The endorsement shall be stamped, dated and signed.

In general, changes to the DMLC – Part I should be implemented within three months after entering into force of the amendments of the regulatory framework. Furthermore, the NSI will indicate the timeframe that a ML inspection shall be carried out, if necessary. Usually this would be the first inspection scheduled (intermediate or renewal).

6.4.2 DMLC - Part II

The ship owner shall inform the RO of changes to the DMLC - Part II.

  • In case of editorial changes to the DMLC - Part II (e.g. name, contact information of the ship owner) not leading to updating of other parts of the DMLC - Part II, only the amended pages of the DMLC - Part II shall be submitted to the RO for review and acceptance. If it affects the contents of the ML Certificate (the particulars), a new certificate may need to be issued (endorsements to be transferred), keeping the current expiry date.

  • In case of any change, other than editorial, to the measures in DMLC - Part II, a new DMLC - Part II must be submitted to the RO for review. An additional Maritime Labour inspection is required to verify the new measures of the ship owner and a new DMLC - Part II must be reviewed to confirm compliance.

An amended ML Certificate with the new issue date, DMLC issue date, and the same expiry date as the previous ML Certificate will be issued by the RO. The endorsement for the intermediate inspection, if carried out, shall be transferred to the new certificate, with date and location. The endorsement shall be stamped, dated and signed.

7 Deficiencies

Any deficiencies identified during the inspection shall be recorded.

An ML Certificate shall not be issued, endorsed or renewed, until deficiencies related to approved measures in the DMLC – Part II are rectified or a corrective action plan has been provided by the ship owner. This plan shall be accepted by the RO to rectify the deficiencies within a specified time-frame, not exceeding three (3) months, to implement the necessary corrective actions.

Where there is no clear ground of non-compliance that endangers the safety, health or security of the seafarers and there is no prior history of similar deviations, an RO shall have the discretion to instruct the ship-owner instead of starting procedures for withdrawal of the ML Certificate (as described in the Decree Mandate and Authorization of certification of sea-going ships).

When a corrective action plan to rectify the (serious5) deficiencies has been accepted by the RO, an additional Maritime Labour inspection is always required. For deficiencies, carrying out an additional inspection to verify the implementation of the corrective action plan will be up to the discretion of the RO.

Where an additional Maritime Labour inspection is not deemed necessary, evidence of implementation of the corrective action shall be submitted within the agreed time-frame and verification of the implementation of the corrective actions will be carried out at the next scheduled inspection.

If (part of) the deficiencies to be rectified involves another RO (authorized for the certification services related to other Conventions6) or the department within the organization of the RO, the RO authorized for the MLC shall inform the RO or other department concerned and establish if appropriate action has been take to resolve the deficiencies within an acceptable time-frame. Prime responsibility to verify the resolve of the deficiency related to the other Conventions, lies with the RO (or the department) authorized for the deficiency (e.g. in the field of safety construction, ISM, class rules etc.).

8 Complaints

Where a complaint cannot be resolved on board or with the ship owner, a seafarer may lodge a complaint with the NSI (or directly if the seafarer deems it necessary). From August 20th, 2013, complaints to the NSI shall be lodged through the email address: psc@ilent.nl

If the NSI receives a complaint that obtains evidence that a ship that flies the flag of the Netherlands does not comply with the requirements of the MLC, 2006 or that there are serious deficiencies in the implementation of measures set out in the DMLC, the NSI may instruct (including detailed scope) the RO to carry out an additional inspection. However, the responsibility for acceptance of the resolution of a complaint remains with the NSI.

9 Reporting

9.1 General

The NSI shall be granted (if possible electronic) access to all relevant information, such as Rules and Interpretations, instructions for surveyors, all plans and documents, including reports on inspections on the basis of which certificates are issued or endorsed by RO and certificates issued regarding ships registered in the Netherlands. Furthermore, all information as mentioned in Article 6.1 (Central Inspection Register) of the Netherlands Seafarer Regulation shall be available upon request.

The NSI shall, at the request of the RO, provide all necessary documentation in the English language for the purpose of ROs provision of inspection of existing ships, and the declaration of compliance (reference is made to item 4.2 of this Instruction) with items 8 (Accommodation) and 9 (Recreational facilities) of the DMLC – Part I.

9.2 Reporting serious deficiencies

The RO shall immediately report any serious deficiencies which affect the safety of the ship, or represent a significant danger to the safety, health or security of seafarers, or constitute a serious breach of the requirements of this Convention (including seafarers' rights) to the NSI. The RO will confirm that the ship owner has determined and initiated appropriate corrective action to correct the deficiencies or to correct the causes of the deficiencies before the ship departs the port.

In the case of any serious deficiencies which represent a significant danger or constitute a serious breach of the requirements of this Convention (including seafarers' rights), the RO shall, after consultation with the NSI, withdraw or refuse to issue the ML Certificate, unless the deficiencies are rectified or a corrective action plan to rectify the deficiencies has been accepted by the RO.

Further reference is made to the instructions prescribed in Instruction to RO no. 15 - Reporting and procedure for non-compliance.

9.3 Annual Report

The NSI shall publish an Annual Report within a reasonable time, not exceeding six (6) months after the end of the year which should contain:

  • A list of laws and regulations in force which are relevant to seafarers' working and living conditions and any amendments which have come into effect during the year;

  • Details of the organization of the system of inspection;

  • Statistics of ships or other premises subject to inspection and of ships and other premises actually inspected;

  • Statistics on all seafarers subject to its national laws and regulations;

  • Statistics and information on violations of legislation, penalties imposed and cases of detention of ships; and

  • Statistics on reported occupational injuries and diseases affecting seafarers.

The RO shall assist the NSI in meeting this requirement by providing applicable statistics and other information requested and required to produce this Annual Report.

10 Additional information

In case this Instruction to RO is not found sufficient for the verification of compliance of the MLC or it does not provide proper guidance in any specific case, the NSI shall be consulted for further instructions.

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