MLC 2006 & STCW

Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to inform all concerned that Malta ratified the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) on 18 January 2013 and entered into force for Malta on 20 August 2013. The MLC has been transposed into domestic legislation through the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) Rules, 2013.

Seafarers’ Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention

In terms of law, certification of seafarers is the responsibility of the Registrar-General of Shipping and Seamen. Certificates of competence are issued only after successful completion of approved courses of training and, examinations held in an approved Training Centres conducted to very rigorous standards. Although over these last 25 years there has been a steady stream of seafarers who have qualified for the issue of these certificates, the total number of certificated personnel remains rather small. With the coming into force of STCW 95 there has been a substantial expansion of the work of the Merchant Shipping Directorate to deal with the formal recognition of a large number of foreign certificated seafarers serving on Maltese ships.

Guidelines on the issue of a Maltese Seaman’s Record Book

The Record Book is available to all seafarers who are engaged or shall be engaged on ships registered under the Merchant Shipping Act, to Maltese Nationals and to holders of Maltese Certificates of Competency.

Applications for a Maltese Seaman’s Record Book shall be submitted to the Merchant Shipping Directorate, either by the seafarer or by the company employing the seafarer. Applications shall be accompanied by such documents as may be prescribed on the application form, including:

  • Documents of qualification to be entered in the Seaman’s Record Book;
  • Documentary evidence of valid basic training certificates as per STCW Regulation VI/1;
  • A statement by the Master or employer on an official form or headed paper evidencing engagement on a Malta flagged ship;
  • Proof of identification (copy of passport or identity card);
  • Two (2) passport size photographs - Photographs are to be taken in full face, without a hat/cap and should be printed on normal photographic paper, unmounted. The photographs should be of clear exposure;
  • Relative fee of €60; if secure delivery by courier is required, additional €25;.
  • To apply for a renewal, kindly file all the above documents, together with the completed Seaman’s Record Book;
  • To apply for a replacement, a declaration explaining the loss or defacement of the Seaman’s Book. Should the original Seaman’s Book be found (if declared lost) it should be immediately returned to the Authority.
  • Applicants will be informed if one of the above requirements is not filed. Applications would be discarded within 15 days from request if the missing requirements are not submitted.

Applications should be submitted either by email in PDF format to applica.stcw@transport.gov.mt or by courier, traditional mail, through the ship owner’s local representative or delivered personally to the Seafarer Certification Unit within the Merchant Shipping Directorate. Requests for submission of applications at a Maltese Embassy or a Maltese Consulate may be considered on a case by case basis.

The Seaman’s Record Book will be delivered to the address given by the applicant in the space provided in the form.

MLC 2006

The Merchant Shipping Directorate would like to inform all concerned that Malta ratified the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) on 18 January 2013. The Convention entered into force for Malta on 20 August 2013. The MLC has been transposed into domestic legislation through the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) Rules, 2013. A copy of the Rules may be downloaded from here.

The MLC aims to achieve both favorable working conditions for seafarers and secure economic interests in fair competition for quality shipowners. The new Convention consolidates and updates more than 68 international labour standards related to the maritime sector adopted over the last 80 years. The MLC sets out seafarers’ rights to favorable conditions of work on a wide range of subjects and aims to be globally applicable, easily understandable, readily updatable and uniformly enforced. It has been designed to become a global instrument known as the "fourth pillar" of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping, complementing the key Conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Procedure to obtain certification under MLC, 2006

The Directorate has published Merchant Shipping Notice 105 Rev.1, Guidelines for the implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. The shipwoner shall submit an application for the issuance of the DMLC Part I. Based on the information supplied by the shipowner this Directorate will issue the DMLC Part I for the ship. A copy of the declaration may either be collected from Merchant Shipping Directorate’s offices through the local representatives or sent by mail/courier to the shipowner.

Upon issuance of the DMLC Part I, the shipowner shall complete the DMLC Part II and must identify the measures adopted to ensure ongoing compliance with national legislation and Convention. The recognized organization of the ship shall ascertain compliance with the national legislation and the requirements of the Convention, by examination of the DMLC Part II.

Upon completion of the DMLC Part I and Part II, a Maritime Labour Certificate will be issued by the recognized organization on completion of a satisfactory initial inspection valid for a period not exceeding five years.

Useful Publications

Publications Required to be on board:

Forms

Legislation

Guidelines

ILO Publications

Contact Point

Merchant Shipping Directorate
Transport Malta
Malta Transport Centre
Triq Pantar,
Ħal Lija, LJA 2021
Malta

Tel: +356 2125 0360
Fax: +356 2124 1460

Email: mlc.tm@transport.gov.mt

 STCW

Verification of Certificates

STCW Certificates issued by the Merchant Shipping Directorate may be verified through the following email address: stcw.tm@transport.gov.mt

Certification of Seafarers

In terms of law, certification of seafarers is the responsibility of the Registrar-General of Shipping and Seamen. Certificates of competence are issued only after successful completion of approved courses of training and, examinations held in Malta conducted to very rigorous standards. Although over these last 25 years there has been a steady stream of seafarers who have qualified for the issue of these certificates, the total number of certificated personnel remains rather small. With the coming into force of STCW 95 there has been a substantial expansion of the work of the Merchant Shipping Directorate to deal with the formal recognition of a large number of foreign certificated seafarers serving on Maltese ships.

The Maltese Administration has entered into bilateral agreements with over 34 foreign maritime Administrations for the recognition of certificates of competence issued to seafarers after having ascertained that such certificates are issued in full compliance with the STCW convention. By end of December 2017, the Directorate had processed over 262,087 applications from officers serving or wanting to serve on Maltese ships for the issue of endorsements attesting the recognition of their certificate of competency issued by a foreign Administration.

 

Manning

Malta has acceded to IMO Convention STCW 1978, as amended. Maltese ships are subject to the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act and ancillary regulations concerning the competency of officers and seamen.

There are no restrictions imposed on the nationality of the master, officers and crew engaged on Maltese Ships.

A Valid Minimum Safe Manning Certificate must be carried by all Maltese merchant ships of 500 gross tonnage and over. On the entry of a ship in the Malta register, the Merchant Shipping Directorate will issue a Minimum Safe Manning Certificate valid for five years from the date of provisional registration. Thereafter, prior to the expiry of the certificate or upon any change in the equipment, construction, management or trading of the ship, the Directorate will issue a new certificate, again valid for the remaining five years, to coincide with the date of the renewal of the certificate of registry.

The minimum safe manning guidelines shown below incorporate the principles contained in IMO Resolution A.1047(27). Specific requirements may be considered on the basis of a risk assessment and detailed application.

Whilst the Minimum Safe Manning Certificate only stipulates the minimum certification required on board, it is expected that, in accordance with the Manila Amendments, all seafarers will be fully qualified for their respective roles encompassing all aspects of maintaining safe operations on board - and therefore in possession of correct and valid STCW certification. In this respect it is expected that a number of seafarers be qualified as Able Seafarers and therefore certified according to STCW II/5 and III/5, notwithstanding our minimum requirements.This of course also applies to any electro-technical ratings or officers that may be engaged. Note that Electro-technical Officers require a Maltese Endorsement.

Certification

Certificates of competence are issued only after successful completion of approved courses of training and, examinations.

The Maltese Administration has entered into bilateral agreements with a number of foreign maritime Administrations for the recognition of certificates of competence issued to seafarers after having ascertained that such certificates are issued in full compliance with the STCW Convention.

Conditions of Employment

  • A contract of employment in the form of a crew agreement must be made between the master and seamen.
  • A crew agreement must contain the following details:
    • Personal details of each member of the crew;
    • The time at which each seafarer is to be onboard or to begin work;
    • The capacity in which each seafarer is to serve;
    • The amount of wages for each seafarer;
    • Agreed leave;
    • Disciplinary provisions;
    • A list of persons under the age of 18 years and their birth dates

Minimum Safe Manning Guidelines for Cargo Ships

 Deck Department

 Gross Tonnage  Under 500  500 - 999  1000 - 1599  1600 - 2999 3000 - 4999   5000 - 14999  15000 & Over
 Master  1  1  1  1  1  1  1
 Chief Officer  1  1  1  1  1  1
 Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch  -  1(1)  1(1)  1  1  2
 (1) In Restricted, Trading, One Deck Officer may be omitted              
 Deck Rating  2  2  3  3  4

Note: At least two Deck Officers must be holders of a recognised GMDSS General Operator’s Certificate (G.O.C), or otherwise vessel must carry a Dedicated Radio Officer, holder of at least recognised GMDSS General Operator’s Certificate (G.O.C)
 

 Engine Department

Kilowatts 350 - 750 751 - 1500 1501 - 3000 3001 - 7450 7451 - 11200 11201 & Over
Chief Engineer 1 1 1 1 1 1
Second Engineer 1(1) 1(1) 1 1 1 1
(1) On ships with UMS documentary evidence, one Second Engineer may be omitted            
Officer in Charge of an Engineering watch - - 1(2) 1(2) 1(2) 2(2)
(2) On ships with UMS documentary evidence, one Engineer Officer may be omitted            
Engine Rating 1 1 2(3) 3(3) 3(3) 3(3)
(3) On ships with UMS documentary evidence, one Engine Rating may be omitted            

 

Download the Minimum Safe Manning Guidelines here.

Contact

AOH Seafarer Certification - +356 9906 7197
Applications - Email: applica.stcw@transport.gov.mt
General - Email: stcw.tm@transport.gov.mt
Payments - Email: stcw.fosmsd@transport.gov.mt