ILO's Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) enters into force globally on 20 August 2013.
The Convention provides a minimum labour standard for the shipping industry. It contains provisions on conditions of employment, accommodation and recreational facilities, food and catering, health protection, medical care and social security protection, inspection and enforcement.
Finnish ships of 500 gross tonnage or over engaged on international voyages shall have a maritime labour certificate by 20 August 2013. Ships of 10 000 gross tonnage or over shall have a certificate by 1 April 2013.
On the owner's request, maritime labour certificates may be issued to other ships as well.
The Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) issues maritime labour certificates to ships provided they meet the requirements set out in section 57(3) of the Act on the Technical Safety and Safe Operation of Ships (1686/2009).
A declaration of maritime labour compliance shall be attached to the maritime labour certificate. The declaration has two parts:
The maritime labour certificate is issued for a time not exceeding five years. It may be issued for a shorter period, should the owner request so.