• The MLC provides protection for seafarers. The ship-owners are ultimately responsible for meeting MLC requirements.
  • Recruitment and placement: Ship-owners are required to use recruitment agencies that meet MLC standards.
  • Seafarer employment Agreement (SEA): The seafarer will enjoy the benefit of a clear, individual, Seafarer Employment Agreement (SEA).
  • Wages: All seafarers will be paid for their work regularly and in full in accordance with their employment agreements.
  • Hours of work: The MLC 2006 sets maximum hours of work and minimum hours of rest.
  • Repatriation: Under MLC 2006, a seafarer is entitled to be repatriated at no costs to them except in certain specified circumstances.
  • Just compensation: The seafarer is entitled to compensation in the event of injury, loss or unemployment, following the loss or foundering of the ship.
  • Crew accommodation: Seafarers will enjoy the standards of crew accommodation and recreational facilities prescribed by the MLC, such as size of rooms, heating and sanitary facilities.
  • Food and drink - The MLC requires that catering facilities on-board should permit seafarers to receive adequate, varied and nutritious meals prepared and served in hygienic conditions.
  • Medical care: Under the MLC, seafarers are entitled to visit a qualified medical doctor without delay in ports of call at no costs to themselves.
  • Ship owners' liability for sickness, injury or death: Seafarer enjoys the benefit of protection provided by the ship-owner from the consequences of sickness, injury and death occurring in connection with their employment.
  • Seafarers' complaints: For on-board complaints, seafarers have the right to be accompanied or represented. There must also be safeguards against victimization for filing complaints. This procedure may not be found in ships, which has not ratified the MLC.