ICSW to hold seminar on MLC 28 November 2012

October 22, 2012

What is it about?

The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) has finally been ratified in August and will be implemented in August 2013. Thirty two governments have now signed up to it. Shipping companies, unions, governments, and welfare organisations have under a year to prepare for the convention to come into force. The seminar will look at what organisations should be doing and how they can work together to ensure that the convention can be used to effectively enhance the welfare of seafarers worldwide.
The International Committee on Seafarers' Welfare, an international NGO backed by the International Shipping Federation, International Transport Workers Federation, and the International Christian Maritime Association, is organising a half day seminar on the MLC at the Baltic Exchange, London.

Speakers include : Torbjorn Husby, Norwegian Maritime Directorate, David Dearsley,ISAN, Dr Suresh Idnani, Seafarers Welfare Association India, Canon Ken Peters, Mission to Seafarers, Tim Springett, British Chamber of Shipping, and Charles Boyle, Nautilus International.

Who should attend?

The seminar is aimed at senior personnel involved in seafarers' welfare in shipping companies, manning agents, government maritime departments, and seafarer welfare organisations.

Where is it?

The seminar is being held on Wednesday 28 November 2012 at the Baltic Exchange, 38 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8BH from 9.30am to 2pm (lunch included)
The cost is £45 per person (shipping companies, government organisations, manning agents) or £25 per person for seafarer welfare organisations & NGO's.
For further details go to or contact the ICSW at icsw[at] or telephone +44 (0) 300 012 4279

You can register for the seminar here.

Programme for MLC seminar

09.45 am Welcome & Introduction – Hennie La Grange , Acting Chair ICSW

10 am MLC is now ratified – why it is so important for the welfare of seafarers – David Dearsley, Acting CEO ISAN

10.30am What governments have to do to fully implement the MLC for the benefit of seafarers – speaker Torbjorn Husby, Norwegian Maritime Directorate

11am Coffee

11.15am How will welfare organisations use the MLC to improve seafarers' welfare? – speakers Ken Peters, Mission to Seafarers, Dr Suresh Idnani Seafarers Welfare Association India

11.45 am What shipping companies are doing to comply with the welfare aspects of the MLC & how they can work in partnership with seafarer welfare organisations – Tim Springett, Head of Employment & Legal, British Chamber of Shipping

12.15 am What can unions do to ensure the MLC is implemented? – Charles Boyle, Director of Legal Services, Nautilus International

12.45pm Ports and the MLC – why should it matter to them? Speaker to be confirmed

1pm Sum up – what should welfare organisation be doing? Hennie La Grange

1.15pm Lunch

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