To document that shipboard conditions comply with the Convention’s rules on conditions for seafarers, Danish vessels of 500 GRT or more must have a certificate if they wish to call at ports in other countries. The content and format of the certificate is regulated in the Convention and provides documentation that seafarers’ working and living conditions on board have been inspected and that they meet the requirements of the law, ministerial orders and other administrative regulations by which Denmark has implemented the Convention in national legislation.
Certification includes a declaration of conformity on seafarers’ working conditions. This document must be attached to the actual certificate. The declaration of conformity is regulated in the Convention and must include a description of how the 14 most important points of the Convention have been implemented in Danish legislation (Part 1) and how the shipowner/ship complies with these provisions in practice (Part 2). This means that in the first inspection of the ship, certification reflects the extent of the shipowner’s efforts to comply with the flag state’s transitional rules, and hence the rules of the Convention.
Download the Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance part I
In practice this always means that for example with respect to minimum age, the Danish Maritime Authority provides a narrative explanation in Part 1 that there is regulation to ensure that no seagoing crew under 16 are employed on a Danish ship. Shipowners are then required to state how they ensure that no one under 16 get employed on board their ships. This could for example be that on joining ship, seafarers’ ID is checked to verify that they are aged over 16.
Some shipowners also ensure compliance with the above practice by implementing it in their ISM/SMS, but certification does not require this.
It will, from 20th March 2013, be possible for the shipowners' associations to request the Danish Maritime Authority to issue a DMLC Part I and to start drawing up the declaration of Maritime Labour Conpliance part II for the ships that are hold to internationally valid MLC certificates from August 2013.
Danish Maritime Authority
For further information on the 14 points Seahealth refers to the Danish Maritime Authority