Closed consultation

Merchant shipping food and catering regulations

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Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


Seeks views on the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 regulations about minimum standards for health and safety.


Consultation description

Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Food and Catering) Regulations is one of a series of instruments designed to bring UK law into line with the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, an International Labour Organization (ILO) treaty concerning seafarer employment on merchant shipping.

The current provisions relating to seafarer’s health and safety are set out in Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations 1997 and a series of other UK regulations implementing the ‘daughter directives’.

This consultation also invites views on a new duty to grant shore leave to seafarers to benefit their health and well-being, implementing Regulation 2.4.2. That duty will be contained in the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Hours of Work)(Amendment) Regulations, but is included here for the purposes of consultation.