As per Circular no 37/2016, issued by the Department of Merchant Shipping on the 13 December 2016, reference was made to the adoption of the Amendments of 2014 to the Code of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (the “Amendments”). These Amendments relate to the Standard A2.5 Repatriation (abandonment of seafarers) and Standard A4.2, Shipowners Liability (claims for compensation in the case of a seafarer´s death or long term disability due to occupational injury or illness). The implementation date for these amendments is the 18thJanuary 2017.
With regards to the Maritime Labour Certificates (MLC) and Declarations of Maritime Labour Compliance (DMLC) issued prior to the 18th January 2017, these will remain valid until the first renewal or intermediate inspection.
Similarly, any DMLC Part I issued before the implementation date (18 January 2017), will remain valid until next vessels MLC renewal or intermediate inspection whichever comes first. The amended DMLC Part I will be issued to all vessels registered under Cyprus flag on or after the implementation date.
For existing vessels, even though DMLC Part I would remain valid, the shipowners shall update their DMLC II, firstly by way of an addendum, in order to reflect the new requirements, and, afterwards, this would be acknowledged in the inspection report produced at the next attendance of the Recognized Organization for MLC, 2006 inspection as will any other consequent changes to MLC documentation, manuals, etc.
Additionally, in respect of existing vessels, shipowners would have to submit a duly completed application for the issuance of the amended DMLC Part I to the DMS/Cyprus-MLC, 2006 Contact Point electronically, approximately 45 days prior next vessels renewal or intermediate inspection.
It is also noted that the abovementioned Amendments will also apply to foreign vessels calling at ports of the Republic of Cyprus