The Republic of Korea is the 56th ILO member State, and the 14th country from the Asia-Pacific region, to ratify the Convention. With Korea's ratification, the world gross tonnage of ships registered in States parties to the MLC, 2006 now exceeds 80 per cent. As a major seafaring nation, the Republic Korea has the eighth largest merchant fleet in terms of number of ships, and the 14th in terms of gross tonnage. The Republic of Korea is also home to some of the world's leading shipbuilding companies that cater for approximately one-third of global ship orders.
The Seychelles and Nicaragua have also recently ratified the MLC.
The full list of countries who have ratified the MLC can be found on the ILO website.