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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 next year.

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.

  – CAJ 


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