News on the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006


  1. © Iam Anupong 2023

    More must be done to protect seafarers and fishers’ rights says Work at Sea Conference

    16 November 2023

    The first joint seafarers high-level conference organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) acknowledged the pivotal role played by seafarers and fishers in future global development.

  2. © ILO 2023

    Portugal commits to address harassment and bullying in the maritime sector

    19 October 2023

    Harassment and bullying, particularly of women seafarers, are issues of great concern in shipping.

  3. Portugal commits to enhance the protection of seafarers in cases of abandonment and piracy

    14 June 2023

    Portugal deposited the declaration of acceptance of the Amendments of 2014 and of 2018 to the Code of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006)

  4. ILO and IMO chiefs pledge continued support for seafarers

    31 May 2023

  5. Syrian Arab Republic ratifies the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006)

    06 April 2023

    Syria is the 103rd Member State of the ILO to have ratified the Convention

  6. Iraq ratified the ILO conventions on social protection and on Maritime Labour

    23 March 2023

    Iraq becomes the 64th Member State to have ratified ILO Convention on social protection and the 102nd Member State to have ratified the maritime labour convention MLC, 2006.


  1. © Mike Hood / IMO 2023

    Joint ILO-IMO meeting adopts guidelines on seafarer abandonment

    20 December 2022

    New measures to improve conditions for seafarers, including those who have been abandoned, have been adopted at a meeting involving governments and maritime workers and employers’ organizations.

  2. ILO body adopts new minimum monthly wage for seafarers

    18 May 2022

    An increase in minimum monthly wages has been agreed for the world’s seafarers.

  3. Shipping industry adopts amendments to Maritime Labour Convention to improve seafarers’ conditions

    16 May 2022

    Drawing from lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, stakeholders in the global shipping industry have adopted amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006), to improve the living and working conditions of seafarers.

  4. © Bernard Spragg. NZ 2023

    Maritime Labour Convention reaches 100th ratification

    11 April 2022

    By reaching this milestone, the Maritime Labour Convention provides the shipping industry with globally recognized standards that cover more than 96 per cent of the world’s shipping.