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    MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION

    On 20 August 2013, the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) entered into force. The MLC applies to all cargo and passenger ships, irrespective of size. As of that date, the MLC became a part of Faroese maritime legislation.

    The Convention implies stricter flag State control obligations, as well as a possibility of controlling ships from other countries through Port State Control.

    The convention introduced a requirement for certification to document compliance for ships with a tonnage of or above 500 engaged in international trade.

    The overall purpose of the MLC is to ensure all aspects of seafarers’ conditions of employment, from the conclusion of employment contracts over the right to a free homeward voyage to occupational health and social security.On this webpage we follow up on the Convention and related Faroese legislation and the subsequent implications for the Faroese fleet.

    PARLIAMENTARY ACTS

    Safety at Sea:

    Pilotage:

    Executive Order No. 153 from 21 Dec 2012 on pilotage, fees, etc.

    Manning:

    Executive Order No. 3 of 6 January 2017 on the Posting of Information on the Rights of Seafarers and the Masters under the Act on Compensation for Industrial Injuries

    Executive Order No. 4 of 6 January 2017 on Insurance or other Financial Security for Covering the Shipowner’s Liability towards the Seafarer and the Master in case of Breach of the Employment Agreement

    The Employees Guarantee Fund - declaration
    The Faroese National Health Insurance - declaration
    The Faroese Maternity/Paternity System - declaration
    The Social Office - declaration
    The Faroese National Board of Industrial Injuries - declaration

    Executive Order No. 105 of 5 August 2015 on certificates of competency and qualification requirements to manning on ships as amended by Executive Order No. 133 of 21 September 2017

    Parl. Act No. 4 of 15 January 1988 on Seafarers' conditions of employment etc. as last amended by Parl. Act No. 133 of 20 December 2016

    EXECUTIVE ORDERS under the MLC 2006 and the Faroese Seafarers' Act:

    Executive Order No. 41 of 14 May 2013 on food on board Faroese ships

    Executive Order No. 42 of 14 May 2013 on handling of complaints on board Faroese ships

    Executive Order No. 43 of 14 May 2013 on seafarers' employment agreements

    Executive Order No. 68 of 23 may 2013 on the activities of private recruitment and placement services for seafarers