The latest ratifications increase the number of states that have signed up to the MLC to 92, which represents over 91% of the world merchant shipping fleet. This is near the ILO's target to achieve 100 ratifications this year, which is the centenary of the organisation's foundation.

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Iceland has a merchant fleet of 200 ships, and its ratification means that all the Nordic countries, - Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland - have now ratified the MLC 2006.

The MLC will enter into force for the latest signatories in 2020, one year after its ratification.