Port state control in member countries of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding have reported 113 vessel detentions for deficiencies related to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, during the 12 months since the entry into force of the MLC in August 2013.
During the first year 3,447, or 7.4%, of the total number of 46,798 deficiencies recorded were linked to the MLC, while 160 (4.6%) were marked as a ground for detention resulting in 113 detained ships.
Detainable deficiencies were most frequently recorded in the areas of payment of wages.
Fifty-one vessels, representing 39.5% of all detentions, were recorded for payment of wages violations. Other significant failings included manning levels for the ship (28.6%), health and safety and accident prevention (43.1%), food and catering (15.4%) and accommodation (10%).
Only the 12 member states of the Paris MOU which had ratified the MLC on or before August 2012 were entitled to conduct PSC inspections on MLC requirements from August 20, 2013.
During the first year of implementation, another nine states, including the UK, France, Germany and Greece began to enforce the MLC, bringing the total to 21.
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