In mid-November, Italy became the 52nd member state to ratify the International Labour Office’s Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). Now, 20 EU nations have ratified it. It will enter into force in Italy on Nov. 19, 2014.
Once in force, yachts traveling to Italy can be expected to be inspected under MLC criteria as it applies to seafarers, including hours of work/rest and social security coverage.
Despite not having been an earlier signator, the Italian Coast Guard has helped develop and offer training courses for maritime labor inspection and port state control.
With Italy’s ratification, about 80 percent of the world gross tonnage of ships would be bound by the provisions of the MLC, 2006.
The MLC, 2006 entered into force on Aug. 20 one year after the first 30 member states ratified it.