Although the UAE has not ratified the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (“MLC”), a circular from the Federal Transport Authority (“FTA”) issued on 20th February 2018 requires all ships over 200 GT flying the UAE flag and trading internationally or any non-UAE flagged ship over 200 GT anchoring in UAE waters or calling at UAE ports to carry proof of insurance or evidence of other financial security to meet the shipowner’s obligations regarding:
- Repatriation, the provision of essential supplies to the ship and payment of up to four months’ outstanding wages where crew members are deemed to have been abandoned in accordance with the provisions of MLC Regulation 2.5, Standard A2.5.2 and guidelines B2.5.
- Entitlement to contractual payments for death or long-term disability in accordance with MLC Regulation 4.2, Standard A4.2 and guidelines B4.
Members with vessels flying the UAE flag or calling in UAE waters are advised to take note of the requirements set out in the FTA Circular, a copy of which can be found here. It is believed that the Club’s existing MLC certificates should provide satisfactory evidence of insurance against these liabilities but Members with any questions should contact the Managers or their local husbandry agent in the UAE.
Full guidance on MLC matters can be found on the Club’s dedicated MLC webpage.