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MLC Regulation 1.3 - Mandatory Training and Qualifications Requirements for Seafarers to Ensure that Seafarers are Trained or Qualified To Carry Out Their Duties On Board Ship

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MLC 2006 Regulation 1.3 deals with Training and Qualifications and, standards relating to training and qualifications are an indispensable means of minimizing the risks to life on board ships. The work of the ILO and the IMO in this sphere has dealt with wider issues of training policy and human resource development as well as the immediate need to ensure that those serving on board ship are able to function safely.

The MLC 2006 does not specify the legal form to implement these provisions, however the form would need to be mandatory under the national legal system. The MLC 2006 also does not establish any specific training requirements for the duties that a seafarer may undertake, other than the requirement that all seafarers must have training for personal safety on board ship.

This is also a requirement under the IMO’s STCW Convention. Competency for the training dealt with in the ILO’s Certification of Able Seamen Convention, 1946 (No. 74) was formally transferred to the IMO for inclusion under the STCW Convention.

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MLC 2006 Regulation 1.3 - Training and Qualifications (Summary)


Purpose: To ensure that seafarers are trained or qualified to carry out their duties on board ship



  • Seafarers must be trained or certified as competent or otherwise qualified to perform their duties in accordance with flag State requirements.
  • Seafarers must have successfully completed training for personal safety on board ship.
  • Seafarers that are trained and certified in accordance with the mandatory instruments adopted by the IMO (STCW) are to be considered as meeting these requirements.

Title 1. Minimum Requirements for Seafarers to Work on a Ship

Regulation 1.3


MLC 2006 Regulation 1.3 - Training and Qualifications 

Purpose: To ensure that seafarers are trained or qualified to carry out their duties on board ship
  1. Seafarers shall not work on a ship unless they are trained or certified as competent or otherwise qualified to perform their duties.
  2. Seafarers shall not be permitted to work on a ship unless they have successfully completed training for personal safety on board ship.
  3. Training and certification in accordance with the mandatory instruments adopted by the International Maritime Organization shall be considered as meeting the requirements of paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Regulation.
  4. Any Member which, at the time of its ratification of this Convention, was bound by the Certification of Able Seamen Convention, 1946 (No. 74), shall continue to carry out the obligations under that Convention unless and until mandatory provisions covering its subject matter have been adopted by the International Maritime Organization and entered into force, or until five years have elapsed since the entry into force of this Convention in accordance with paragraph 3 of Article VIII, whichever date is earlier.

Disclaimer: For general information purpose only - please check with ILO MLC 2006 for the latest requirements and accurate info

LAST UPDATED ON Dec 10, 2019

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