The International Labour Organisation has adopted the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.

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The objective is, in according to Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (not entered into force yet), to certify the working and living condition of all ships over 500 GT in international trade.


Our professional auditors will be situated close to your premises and are available in ports worldwide. We focus on practical compliance.


DNV will provide Maritime Labour Certificate (MLC) for ships.
The Flag State will remain full responsible for the inspection and certification, but we believe that both Flag States and shipowners will benefit from effective one stop inspection through use of DNV as RO.

DNV will support the implementation through training, seminars, voluntary certification and gap analysis.


The MLC certification process will be similar to ISM and ISPS for ships, and the certificate will have 5 years validity and the process will include interim, initial and intermediate inspections. As the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 is not yet in force, the practical DNV handling scheeme is not yet decided, but further information may be given at

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