First year of MLC brings 113 Paris MoU detentions

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 — The Maritime Labor Convention (MLC, 2006) came into force August 20, 2013. By the time of its first anniversary, countries signatory to the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port Control (Paris MoU) had detained 113 ships MLC-related deficiencies. This represents 17.4% of the total number of detentions (649) in the Paris MoU during this period.

During the 12 month period, 7.4% (3,447) of the total number of 46,798 deficiencies recorded was linked to the MLC, of these 160 (4.6%) were marked as a ground for detention resulting in 113 ships actually being detained. Detainable deficiencies were most frequently recorded in the areas "payment of wages" (39,5%), and "manning levels for the ship" (28.6%). Other areas with high deficiency levels are "health and safety and accident prevention" (43.1%), "food and catering" (15.4%) and "accommodation" (10%).

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