This authorizes certain ROs to carry out inspections and issue certificates under the MLC, 2006

2010.11.23_cargo_ship_aground_near_baltimore.pngThe Republic of the Marshall Islands ratified the MLC, 2006 on 25 September 2007. Marine Notice No. 2-011-33 establishes the Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator's Inspection and Certification Program to implement the MLC, 2006, which governs maritime labor conditions and sets minimum standards for the working and living conditions of seafarers aboard ships as applicable.

The Inspection and Certification Program authorizes certain Recognized Organizations (ROs) including Bureau Veritas, as established under separate written agreement, to carry out inspections and issue certificates under the MLC, 2006 on behalf of the Marshall Islands

In addition to the relevant Marshall Islands Laws and Regulations presently in effect with respect to maritime labor standards, ship owners and operators are encouraged to give effect to provisions of Marine Notice No. 2-011-33 on a voluntary basis in order to establish the necessary measures for verifying compliance in anticipation of the entry into force of the MLC, 2006.

Maritime Labor Certificates issued during the voluntary period prior to the MLC 2006 coming into full force and effect shall be convertible to full MLC 2006 certificates when the MLC, 2006 comes into force.

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Source: The Republic of the Marshall Islands