The MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION is organized into three main parts: the Articles coming first set out the broad principles and obligations.This is followed by the more detailed Regulations and Code (with two parts: Parts A and B) provisions.
The Regulations and the Standards (Part A) and Guidelines (Part B) in the Code are integrated and organized into general areas of concern under five Titles:
Title 1: Minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship.
Title 2: Conditions of employment
Title 3: Accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering.
Title 4: Health protection, medical care, welfare and social securityprotection
Title 5: Compliance and enforcement.
These five Titles essentially cover the same subject matter as the existing 68 maritime labour instruments, updating them where necessary.
It occasionally contains new subjects, particularly in the area of occupational safety and health to meet current health concerns, such as the effects of noise and vibration on workers or other workplace risks.the provisions relating to flag State inspections, the use of “recognized organizations” and the potential for inspections in foreign ports (port State control) in Title 5 are based on existing maritime labour Conventions; however, the new Convention builds upon them to develop a more effective approach to these important issues, consistent with other international maritime Conventions that establish standards for quality shipping with respect to issues such as ship safety and security and protection of the marine environment.