In the San NEWS issue 2/2006, the then chairman of the Work Environment Authority, Pieter Sprangers,
wrote for the first time about the new Maritime Labour Convention, which had just been adopted. He described it as a great step forward for seafarers’ working and living conditions and a better opportunity for shipowners to compete on equal terms. Less than a month ago, on 20 August, it entered in force. Certification is in full swing. During the first year, cruise ships and bulk cargo ships will be approved, and later the remaining tonnage. For certain foreign ships the convention will mean significant changes, while for Swedish ships certification will probably not be as challenging since the blue-and-yellow flagged vessels already meet most of the requirements. In the next issue of SAN News we will take another look at the Maritime Labour Convention with longer articles and coverage.