October 29 - The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is launching a new web-based information resource to assist shipping companies to implement the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention (MLC).

The ILO MLC entered into force worldwide in August of this year but full certification on board individual vessels is not required until next year. ICS negotiated the text of the MLC when the convention was adopted in 2006.

The new web resource contains responses to FAQs, the differing ratification status of flag states, guidance materials that have been produced by the ILO, as well as the existing free guidance on Port State Control.

The web area also provides information about the comprehensive guidelines on the application of the ILO MLC, and the Watchkeeper software used for maintaining individual seafarers' rest hours in accordance with MLC requirements.

The special area on the ICS website can be found here.