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MLC 2006 Regulation 2.7 - Mandatory Seafarer Manning Levels Requirements to Ensure that Seafarers Work On Board Ships with Sufficient Personnel for the Safe, Efficient and Secure Operation of the Ship

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MLC 2006 Regulation 2.7 deals with Seafarer Manning Levels. It is important that there are a sufficient number of seafarers employed on board a ship to ensure that it is operated safely, efficiently, with regard to security and to take into account concerns about seafarer fatigue and the particulars of a voyage.

The requirements of the MLC, 2006 overlap with, but differ in some respects from those in connection with the safe manning document (SMD) under IMO instruments.

The Convention does not require a specific legal form for implementation; however it must be in a form that is mandatory under the national legal system.

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MLC 2006 Regulation 2.7 Seafarer Manning Levels (Summary)


Purpose: To ensure that seafarers work on board ships with sufficient personnel for the safe, efficient and secure operation of the ship



  • You have a right to work on a safely and securely operated ship. There must be adequate crew on board, in terms of number and qualifications, to ensure the safety and security of the ship and all those on board under all operating conditions.
  • The manning levels have to take into account the need to avoid excessive hours of work, ensure sufficient rest and limit fatigue.
  • Manning levels also have to take into account the nature and conditions of the voyage.
  • There should be a complaints procedure in place to allow concerns to be raised with the flag State.

Title 2. Conditions of Employment

Regulation 2.7; Code Standard A2.7 and Guideline B2.7


MLC 2006 Regulation 2.7 - Manning Levels

Purpose: To ensure that seafarers work on board ships with sufficient personnel for the safe, efficient and secure operation of the ship
  1. Each Member shall require that all ships that fly its flag have a sufficient number of seafarers employed on board to ensure that ships are operated safely, efficiently and with due regard to security under all conditions, taking into account concerns about seafarer fatigue and the particular nature and conditions of the voyage.

Standard A2.7 - Manning Levels

  1. Each Member shall require that all ships that fly its flag have a sufficient number of seafarers on board to ensure that ships are operated safely, efficiently and with due regard to security. Every ship shall be manned by a crew that is adequate, in terms of size and qualifications, to ensure the safety and security of the ship and its personnel, under all operating conditions, in accordance with the minimum safe manning document or an equivalent issued by the competent authority, and to comply with the standards of this Convention.
  2. When determining, approving or revising manning levels, the competent authority shall take into account the need to avoid or minimize excessive hours of work to ensure sufficient rest and to limit fatigue, as well as the principles in applicable international instruments, especially those of the International Maritime Organization, on manning levels.
  3. When determining manning levels, the competent authority shall take into account all the requirements within Regulation 3.2 and Standard A3.2 concerning food and catering.

Guideline B2.7 - Manning Levels

Guideline B2.7.1 - Dispute Settlement

  1. Each Member should maintain, or satisfy itself that there is maintained, efficient machinery for the investigation and settlement of complaints or disputes concerning the manning levels on a ship.
  2. Representatives of shipowners’ and seafarers’ organizations should participate, with or without other persons or authorities, in the operation of such machinery.

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

LAST UPDATED ON Dec 12, 2019

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