NL 258/21 | PMA - Guidelines 2021 for Flag State Inspections under the MLC 2006

Ιουν 04, 2021

Refers to: Ship Owners / Managers / Operators of Panamanian flagged vessels, PHRS Surveyors / Representatives     

Action Date: Immediate


The purpose of the subject newsletter is to submit the guidelines for flag state inspections under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, to all recognized organizations listed within the Merchant Marine Circular 255. MMC 255 sets out the guidelines in order to assist flag state administrations to effectively implement their responsibilities with regards to the ship inspection and certification duties as stated in the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. According to the 2018 resolution of the Special Tripartite Committee established under Article XIII of the MLC, 2006, the guidelines have been updated to reflect 2014, 2016, and 2018 amendments.


Please be advised, that Chapter 3 gives attention to the requirements of the MLC, 2006, that have to be inspected and, if required, certified, on all ships covered by the MLC, 2006. It contains guidance about what a flag State inspector (or a recognized organization (RO) that has been delegated by a flag State) would check in order to verify the compliance and provide some examples of deficiencies.


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The Guidelines 2021 for Flag State Inspections under the MLC 2006 can be found here, in full detail.


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June 4th, 2021 - PHRS Head Office