Kenya officially embraces rights of seafarers
14 August 2014, 20:57
Nairobi - The International Labour Organisation
(ILO) welcomed the country’s ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention
(2006) as a commitment to uphold the rights of ship workers.
Recently, Kenya became the 64th ILO member state and the
tenth African state to have ratified the MLC.
“I am particularly pleased to see another African country
joining the global effort for promoting decent working and living conditions of
seafarers and ensuring conditions of fair competition for shipowners. The
ratification by Kenya of the MLC, 2006 represents an important commitment by
the country to ensure that its seafarers enjoy the rights set out in the
Convention,” said Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, Director of the International Labour
Standards Department at ILO.
She added, “The Government of Kenya will now be able to
continue to move forward and transpose the provisions of the Convention into
national law in order to ensure that ships flying its flag are duly inspected
and certified in accordance with international standards set in the Convention
and that it provides effective protection for Kenyan seafarers.”
The MLC entered into force in Augusts last year for the
first 30 member states whose ratifications were registered by August 2012.
The Convention will enter into force for Kenya on July 31
More than 5 000 Kenyan seafarers work on Kenya- flagged
vessels and additional 6 000 work abroad.
Kenya is also an important and strategic port state on
the African continent.