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The international rules governing the minimum working and living rights for seafarers (the MLC) have been amended. The changes are known as the 2014 amendments. We are seeking views on a proposal to update existing UK legislation to take account of these changes.
The 2014 Amendments update the existing provisions to ensure the welfare of seafarers if they are abandoned by a ship owner, make financial security compulsory for ship owners to cover the costs of maintaining and repatriating abandoned seafarers and expand the existing provisions on shipowners liability for sickness injury or death in service to ensure that contractual compensation is paid in full and without delay to the seafarer or their representative.
We also propose making some small corrections to the existing UK legislation implementing the MLC and one amendment which could reduce the liabilities of the ferry industry for wages in case of seafarer sick leave.