- Title 1: Minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship
- Title 2: Conditions of employment
- Title 3: Accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering
- Title 4: Health protection, medical care, welfare and social security protection
- Title 5: Compliance and enforcement.
These are all important points that needed new input. But the reason they were looked into was more for the commercial side more than the Yachting industry. The Yachting industry as it is known today is about to change, for all that work in it, and are Employers in it, (Yacht Owners.)
The old days of getting rid of crew in a day because they were not living up to expectations are soon to be gone. Stories of crews being told they are all to be off the Yacht by the lunch will be put into the history books, and a new era of Crews that have been with their employer for years, not seasons, will hopefully begin.
There are many points in the MLC 2006 that have flexibility, and for any soon to be Yacht owner that is thinking of buying, or building a Super Yacht, you would be well advised in having your lawyer look at this document now, not after it has been ratified. There is going to be a lot of changes in how Yachts are supplied with crew, and where the pool of crew will be coming from.
YACHT crew of today would also be well advised to do the same, there is going to be new competition on the way from the other side of the maritime labor market. The commercial side which the yachting industry as far as the crew is concerned is soon to be a part of. All seafarers together. Working and competing together for the good jobs in the Maritime world.
Or maybe not, you make the call. But either way, anyone that makes their living in the Super Yacht world, or is an employer (Yacht Owner) would be advised to look at this document now before it is to late.