Seafarers to continue receiving wages if held by pirates

Seafarers held captive as a result of an act of piracy or armed robbery against ships will continue to receive their wages and entitlements during their period of captivity under amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006) adopted by the Special Tripartite Committee of the MLC, 2006 at a recent meeting at the ILO in Geneva.

The amendments will be submitted for approval at the 28 May-8 June, 2018 International Labour Conference .

“Tripartism and social dialogue played a key role in the process of adoption of the amendments,” said Corinne Vargha, Director of the ILO’s International Labour Department. “These amendments cover concrete needs of seafarers that were not addressed until now by the Convention,” she added.

World Maritime University President Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, a former ILO official, also welcomed the amendments. “These amendments have an important significance in terms of the legal certainty that they provide and also the protection they extend to seafarers and their families when faced with the most horrid of crimes in today’s modern world,” she said.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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