Commercial Vessel Compliance

1/6/2017: Marine Safety Information Bulletin – 2014 Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention

The Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 001-17, 2014 Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, to describe how U.S. vessels, through existing national laws and regulations, collective bargaining agreements and established industry practices, conform to the above mentioned MLC provisions and how they will be integrated into the existing voluntary inspection program that was established through the related Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) No. 02-13.

The 2014 Amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) established requirements for shipowners to provide financial security for the repatriation of seafarers and financial security relating to shipowners’ liability in cases of a seafarer’s injury or death. In addition, a “certificate or other documentary evidence” of this required financial security is to be carried on board the vessel.

The amendments and associated requirements enter into force on January 18, 2017.

For additional details, please view the entire MSIB.

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