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Maritime Law: First Cruise Line to Meet MLC 2006 Requirements (English/Spanish)

NCL is reportedly the first major cruise operator to comply with the International Labor Organization's Maritime Labor Convention of 2006 ("MLC"), otherwise known as the international "bill of rights" for seafarers. The MLC is due to take effect later this month on August 20th. The MLC establishes comprehensive workplace rights and protections for more than 1.2 million seafarers worldwide. That includes more than 17,000 crew members from nearly 100 countries that work aboard NCL's 11 international cruise ships, NCL said Wednesday and reported by the Sun Sentinel.
The MLC outlines a wide range of seafarer rights including wages, conditions of employment, accommodation, medical care and shore leave. It is intended to be applied globally, be easily understood and updated, and uniformly enforced. It consolidated and updated more than 68 international maritime labor policies adopted over the last 80 years.
I have written on the MLC extensively in this blog and recommend you read these articles if you have any lingering questions on the breadth and scope of this convention.
The MLC will also be a key talking point at the North American Maritime Ministry Association's annual conference, which runs next Monday (August 5) through Thursday at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Resort & Spa. I will be speaking at this event on Wednesday (August 7) on an industry panel. My topic will focus on the legal issues affecting seafarers and ship operators in whistleblower scenarios.
If you are interested in receiving a copy of the conference program or a link to the news article from the Sun Sentinel, please do not hesitate to write to me at
En Español
NCL es reportado de ser el primer gran operador de cruceros a cumplir con el Convenio de la Organización Internacional del Trabajo sobre el trabajo marítimo de 2006 ("MLC"), también conocida como la "carta de derechos" para tripulantes internacional. El MLC se debe entrar en vigor a finales de este mes, el 20 de agosto. El MLC establece derechos laborales completos y protecciones para más de 1,2 millones de marinos en todo el mundo. Eso incluye a más de 17.000 miembros de la tripulación de casi 100 países que trabajan a bordo de 11 cruceros internacionales de NCL, Norwegian dijo el miércoles y reportado por el periodico Sun Sentinel.

El MLC describe una amplia gama de derechos de la gente de mar, incluyendo los salarios, condiciones de empleo, alojamiento, atención médica y permiso de tierra. Está destinada a ser aplicada globalmente, ser fácilmente entendido y actualizada, y aplicado de manera uniforme. Se consolida y actualiza más de 68 políticas internacionales sobre el trabajo marítimo adoptados en los últimos 80 años.
He escrito sobre el MLC ampliamente en este blog y le recomendamos leer estos artículos si tiene preguntas pendientes sobre la amplitud y el alcance de esta convención.

El MLC también será un tema de conversación clave en la conferencia de la Asociación Ministerio Maritimo Norte Americano  anual, que corre el próximo lunes (5 de agosto) hasta el jueves en el Westin Fort Lauderdale Resort & Spa. Voy a hablar en este evento el miércoles (7 de agosto) en un panel de la industria. Mi tema se centrará en las cuestiones jurídicas que afectan a la trabajadores maritimos y los armadores en escenarios denunciantes.

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