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InterManager: MLC authorities should show restraint

InterManager: MLC authorities should show restraint
InterManager has urged for “tolerance and flexibility” in the months following the Maritime Labour Convention’s entry into force in August.

According to the organisation, a survey of its members found that they were ready for the MLC. However, “only 40 States around the world have so far ratified the MLC so there are many States still in the process of ratifying or may even be a considerable ways from ratifying,” said Gerardo Borromeo, president of InterManager.

“It is important that all States ensure their respective flag and port state control inspectors are prepared to meet the unique demands of the MLC.”

According to Borromeo, members of the association “remains concerned that many of the world’s major ports which our members’ vessels visit, lie within the borders of countries which have yet to ratify the MLC such as the US, Korea, UK, Italy and Japan. We need a common interpretation of the rules.” 

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