What is MLC 2006?

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006) was set up in February 2006, ratified on 20 August 2012 and came into force on 20 August 2013. For those Member States who had not ratified the Convention by 20 August 2012, the Convention will come into force 12 months after the individual State ratifies the Convention.

MLC 2006 applies to all commercial yachts of 500gt or above. It provides international standards and establishes minimum working and living standards for all seafarers working onboard. The comprehensive Convention sets out in one place seafarers' rights to decent conditions of work on almost every aspect of their working and living conditions including employment agreements, hours of work or rest, payment of wages, paid annual leave, repatriation and onboard medical care.

Global Crew Services SL is a Yacht Crew Recruitment Consultancy (Private Recruitment and Placement Services) and is compliant with the terms of A1.4 of the MLC 2006. We work within the parameters set forth by MLC 2006 and by undertaking these practices and implementing these guidelines we will ensure that your rights will be protected and promoted as a seafarer. Our systems are regulated to ensure that we comply with the MLC 2006 convention by:-

  • Not charging any fee to seafarers for our recruitment services
  • Not subjecting seafarers to exploitation
  • Not operating a black list or the like to prevent or deter seafarers gaining employment
  • Keeping an up to date, confidential database of all seafarers recruited or placed by ourselves
  • Conducting confidential reference checks
  • Verifying the validation and authenticity of all deck and engineering license

The documents that you will be required to provide are:-

  • Valid recognised medical certificate, written in English and stipulating sight and hearing (colour vision if applicable) are satisfactory e.g. ENG1
  • STCW certificate
  • Certificates of Competency
  • References from previous employment
  • Copy of your Passport

The terms and conditions for employment of a seafarer shall be set out or referred to in a clear written legally enforceable agreement and shall be consistent with the standards set out in the Code. The seafarer’s employment agreement (SEA) shall be agreed to by the seafarer under conditions which ensure that the seafarer has an opportunity to review and seek advice on the terms and conditions in the agreement before signing, after signing and receives a copy of the agreement. The SEA is issued in accordance with the member's applicable national law and regulations, and incorporates any collective bargaining agreement that may apply to them. It will also pertain information that the shipowner has the means to protect a seafarer from being stranded in a foreign port and details any disciplinary procedures consistent with national law which are in place.

For more information regarding the MLC 2006 please visit:

MLC 2006