Camper and Nicholsons

The Maritime Labour Convention - MLC 2006 Comes Into Force in August

16th Aug 2013

The long awaited international Maritime Labour Convention (known as the MLC 2006) will finally come into effect on the 20th August 2013, bringing with it a host of new regulations regarding the employment and working conditions of many luxury yacht crew.

This convention is the result of an International Labour Organisation (ILO) initiative designed to regulate the employment of seafarers working on commercial vessels trading internationally, including luxury charter yachts registered for commercial use.

As always our Yacht Management Division have anticipated the needs of our managed fleet with respect to the implementation of new MLC regulations and have been busy preparing the commercial yachts in our fleet for MLC compliance, including assistance with preparing crew Seafarer’s Employment Agreements (SEAs) and clear onboard complaint procedures to follow in cases of claims about harassment, bullying or unfair treatment.

It’s important to note that crew working on private yachts not registered for commercial use (known officially as pleasure yachts) are not covered by the MLC 2006. However, pleasure yachts that choose to maintain voluntary compliance under MCA's Large Yacht Code must also comply with MLC regulations even if they are not commercially registered.

MLC Compliance also requires the use of MLC Certified crew agencies for the recruitment of crew members, ensuring a number of measures are in place to protect the welfare and employment conditions of crew. In keeping with this requirement the Camper & Nicholsons Crew Division was one of the first agencies to receive full MLC Compliancy status earlier this year, following a rigorous and lengthy compliance assessment procedure.

Any yachts in our Management fleet with enquiries pertaining to MLC Compliancy are advised to speak with their manager for further information. If you are not currently under management with us and would like further information about the services of our Yacht Management Division click here to get in touch with one of our managers.

All yachts wishing to know more about the recruitment regulations of the MLC Convention are advised to contact our Crew Division here

How will the MLC 2006 affect you? 

Adrian Croft, an MBA student at Middlesex University, has developed the two market research surveys designed to explore how yacht crew, management and employers in the luxury yacht market will adapt to the implementation of the conventions’ regulations.

As part of his final dissertation for his MBA programme in “Shipping & Logistics, Mr Croft liaised with The Professional Yachting Association and other industry bodies to prepare these surveys, and will use the findings from this study to prepare a formal research paper. Once finalised, his report will provide a greater understanding of the impact of MLC 2006 on the luxury yacht sector and this will be freely distributed to all interested parties.

To help conclude the project and participate in the report, you can access the relevant survey by clicking on one of the below links:

For yacht crew:

For shore-based yacht sector personnel:



by Camper Nicholsons


Designed to regulate the employment of seafarers working on commercial vessels trading internationally, including luxury charter yachts registered for commercial use.