The first SCF’s ship under the Russian flag receives an MLC-2006 certificate

On 19 July, 2013, Sovcomflot’s scientific-research and 3D seismic exploration vessel Vyacheslav Tikhonov (crewing and technical manager – Novoship Group) was certified as being in full compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 (MLC-2006). Vyacheslav Tikhonov is the first Russian registered vessel in the SCF fleet to undergo mandatory inspection and certification in accordance with the requirements of this international convention. The inspection aboard the ship was conducted by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.

The vessel has a crew of 24 Russian sailors who are all OAO Novoship staff. Successfully passing the inspection shows that the company-operator follows best practices; upholding sailors’ rights, providing suitable labour and leisure conditions, and offering social safeguards.

The Sovcomflot Group management team expressed its gratitude to the crew of Vyacheslav Tikhonov, as well as in person to Captain Sergey Alexandrov, for successfully passing the inspection.

All remaining Sovcomflot Group vessels are due to undergo certification during the next month before MLC-2006 enters into force.

Background information:

The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) was approved on 23 February, 2006, at the 94th Session of the General Conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Once it comes into force alongside SOLAS, MARPOL and STCW conventions, MLC-2006 will become one of the main international normative documents regulating activity in the shipping industry. This convention includes a range of standards governing working and living conditions for sailors, as well as guidance on how governments and ship-owners should ensure the provision of these conditions.

On 20 August, 2012, The International Labour Organisation accepted documents from the governments of the Russian Federation and the Philippines ratifying the Maritime Labour Convention. Thereby, a total of 30 states had ratified the convention, representing approximately 60% of global shipping (gross world tonnage). The receipt of its 30th ratification meant that MLC-2006 had satisfied its final requirement. It will now come into force on 20 August, 2013.

Once MLC-2006 enters into force, every state that has ratified the convention will require that vessels sailing under its flag possess and regularly renew their MLC certificates and declarations regarding their adherence to working standards at sea. Declarations must include national requirements that ensure compliance with MLC-2006 regulations in regard to the living and working conditions of sailors, and set out measures taken by the ship-owner to provide these conditions aboard an approved vessel.