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The current provisions for repatriation are set out in the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Repatriation) Regulations 1979.
The proposed new regulations give effect to the provisions of Regulation 2.5 and Standard A2.5 of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) and will supersede the 1979 regulations for all UK sea-going merchant ships, commercially operated yachts and other commercially operated vessels.
Fishermen and seafarers employed on UK vessels not subject to the MLC, which includes vessels not operating commercially, will however continue to be covered by the existing regulations.
Regulation 2.5 and Standard A2.5 of the MLC revise the international requirements for the repatriation of seafarers. Generally these revised requirements are covered by existing UK legislation. There are however some areas where changes will be required to existing legislation in order to give effect to the revised MLC requirements or to make the current position clearer.