The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) is an International Labour Organization convention established in 2006 as the Fourth pillar of international maritime law and embodies all up-to-date standards of existing international maritime labour Conventions and Recommendations, as well as the fundamental principles to be found in other international labour Conventions". The other "pillars are the SOLAS, STCW and MARPOL.
To come into force, the MLC had to be ratified by at least 30 member States with a total share in the world gross tonnage of ships of 33 per cent. This milestone was reached on 20 August 2012. The MLC will thus come into force on 20 August 2013.
For this reason, we have structured our management system according to this convention, and finally applied to the Maltese Flag State to get MLC 2006 Compliance Certificate for our first vessel MED ATLANTIC. The Classification Society Bureau Veritas has been authorized by Maltese government to inspect the vessel within the framework of the MLC 2006 Standards.