Sweden ratifies Maritime Labour Convention

Sweden has become the 28th state to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC). With only an additional two ratifications needed, the convention may come into force in 2013.

The Convention sets out seafarers' rights to decent conditions of work on a wide range of subjects, and aims to be globally applicable, easily understandable, readily updatable and uniformly enforced. It has been designed to become a global instrument known as the "fourth pillar" of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping, complementing the key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

ILO - MLC website

Press release from the Swedish Transport Agency