Compendium of Maritime Labour Instruments

Maritime Labour Convention, 2006; Seafarers' Identity Documents (Revised) Convention, 2003; Work in Fishing Convention and Recommendation, 2007. This essential new reference source presents the full text of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, along with a collection of related standards, including the Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003 (No. 185), the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188) and its accompanying Recommendation, as well as the ILO's fundamental Conventions and the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its follow-up.

Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

Seafarers' Identity Documents (Revised) Convention, 2003

Work in Fishing Convention and Recommendation, 2007

From the founding of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 1919, it was decided that questions relating to seafarers should normally be considered by special maritime sessions of the International Labour Conference devoted exclusively to them, the first of which was held in 1920.

The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, an important new international Labour Convention, was adopted by the International Labour Conference at its 94th (Maritime) Session. Sometimes called a “bill of rights” for seafarers, the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 sets out seafarersۥ rights to decent conditions of work and helps to establish conditions for fair competition for shipowners. It was designed as a global legal instrument that will become the “fourth pillar” of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping, complementing the key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 contains a comprehensive set of global standards, consolidating almost all the existing maritime labour Conventions and Recommendations that have been adopted since 1920 in a single new Convention with a new format and requirements that reflect modern conditions in the industry. The Convention establishes international requirements for decent work for all seafarers, including minimum terms in seafarersۥ employment agreements, minimum age, medical fitness requirements, training, wages, leave, repatriation, on board accommodation and catering, medical care, occupational safety and health, welfare and social security. An important new part of the Convention, Title 5, is devoted to compliance and enforcement requirements. These requirements were designed to achieve continuous “compliance awareness” at every stage, from the national systems of protection up to the international system, including inspection of conditions on all ships as well as flag State certification - and port State inspection - of labour conditions on ships that go on international voyages.

Table of contents


Part A. Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

Resolutions adopted by the International Labour Conference at its 94th (Maritime) Session, Geneva, February 2006

Frequently asked questions

Part B. Seafarers' identity documents

Seafarersۥ Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003 (No. 185)

Part C. Fishing

Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188)

Work in Fishing Recommendation, 2007 (No. 199)

Resolutions on Fishing adopted by the International Labour Conference at its 96th Session, 2007

Part D. The fundamental Conventions

Freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining

Elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour

Effective abolition of child labour

Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its follow-up