Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) in India

The year 2015 is significant in the history of Indian Shipping Industry as in this year on October 9th, the Government of India became the 31st International  Labour Organization member state that ratified Convention No.185 as well as becoming the 66th country to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006.

The approbation of this convention is pivotal step for India’s maritime industry because it enabled India to tap into newer international regulations save the already practiced Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch-keeping for Seafarers (STCW).

India is a chieftain on the Maritime setting globally bearing 62, 673 seafarers and a total of 12 544 247 tons of shipping every year. The Manila Amendments went into effect in 2012 and barely four years later India implemented a new set. Part of the new MLC regulations for India went into operation effectively on April 9th, 2016 with the rest of the regulations going into effect later in the year, on October 9th, 2016.

India into Implementing MLC:

This is how India plans to implement the MLC-

Masters of the ship will then work alongside the ship owners to make sure that the laid out plans are actually implemented and not just displayed fraudulently.

They will also be required to keep proper records as evidence that the ships they operate are truly in compliance with convention guidelines.

A key area that always needed attention was the seafarer work and rest hours. Companies such as Work-ship have come in at the right time, with just the right key to help with this predicament. Work-ship provides custom logging in applications for both work and rest for ship masters who might need a little help with regulating this area. Using Work-ship’s desktop apps can help ship masters observe and follow with international work and rest hours as per MLC.

Even though smaller Indian ships may be excluded from getting certification, they are still not immune to the compliance and standards they are expected to maintain and uphold on their vessels.



  • Work and rest hours


    Even when logged out
  • Work and rest hours


    Designed for end user
  • Work and rest hrs


    Bridges gap between Ship & Shore activities