Thursday, August 11, 2011

Isle of Man signs new Declaration for seafarers


9th August 2011

The Isle of Man has entered into a new tripartite declaration designed to improve the living and working conditions of all seafarers on Isle of Man-registered ships.

This formalises the important work carried out in a tripartite forum between the Isle of Man Government, the Isle of Man Shipping Association and the seafarers’ representative unions, which has been in place for many years. The forum has been a key element in the continued success of the Isle of Man’s Ship Registry as it demonstrates the commitment to the seafarers serving on its ships to ensure they are provided with the right living and working conditions, employment conditions and pay.

The “Declaration of Principles”, originally agreed and signed in 2003, has been revised to bring it up to date with international developments. Additionally, the Declaration recognises the importance of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) and demonstrates how the Isle of Man is working towards its adoption. The MLC, which is expected to enter into force in 2012, will be the new standard enforced globally to cover the rights of seafarers.

Minister for Economic Development, Alan Bell MHK, commented: “I am delighted that we have been able to sign this declaration. The tripartite relationship is important to the Isle of Man and as the shipping register continues to grow, it is vital that we remain focused on the rights of its seafarers.”

Alex Downie MBE MLC, the Department member with responsibility for shipping said:
“We value this partnership and the work towards improvements in the conditions for seafarers. It is all the more important as we work towards adoption of the new Maritime Labour Convention.”

Dick Welsh, Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry said: “The tripartite relationship, which has been developed over many years in the Isle of Man, is invaluable in our work on the new convention. It is a forum by which we can consult on draft policies and regulations, which gives the ship owners and the unions a real chance to shape the future for seafarers.”

For further information, please contact: Dick Welsh, Director, Isle of Man Ship Registry, Dick.welsh@gov.im

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