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Ireland sign Maritime Labour Convention

Tuesday, July 22 17:44:27

The Government today announced the ratification by Ireland of the Maritime Labour Convention, which sets standards for working and living conditions for seafarers.

This means that from 21st July 2015, Ireland will be a party to the Convention and will implement the requirements contained therein, both for Irish-flagged ships and for international ships calling at Irish ports.

In the meantime, work is progressing on the inspection and certification of Irish ships in preparation for entry into force of the Convention for Ireland. A Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance - Part I has been issued to all Irish-flagged vessels of 500 Gross Tonnage or more which operate internationally, and ship owners have completed a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance - Part II. Work is also underway on preparing for port State control inspections for foreign-flagged ships in Ireland when the Convention enters into force here.

"I am delighted that Ireland has now ratified this Convention, which underlines our commitment to maritime safety and to improved living and working conditions for seafarers. Implementation of the Convention will improve Ireland's international maritime reputation, as well as ensuring that seafarers enjoy better conditions, and that the shipping sector generally becomes a more secure and socially responsible sector," said Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe.

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