What is the Maritime Labour Convention (also known as MLC)?

The MLC came into force internationally on the 20th August 2013, introducing new international standards to ensure that seafarers have decent living and working conditions on commercially operated vessels, including all vessels certificated under the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Codes of Practice.

These standards include minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship, conditions of employment, accommodation, health protection, medical care, welfare and social security.

Which vessels does the MLC apply to?

The MLC applies to any commercially operated vessels that:

  • Are on an international voyage, which includes any voyage to a country or within the waters of a country other than that for which you are coded;
  • Are coded under Category 1 or 0 on any voyages.

The MCA has stated the MLC does not apply to UK coded vessels solely on voyages up to 60 miles from a UK safe haven (assuming those 60 miles are still within UK waters) except where coded category 0 or 1.

How does the MLC affect you?

An MLC inspection will be required for all vessels to which the MLC applies. This inspection consists of additional checks that your Nominated Coding Surveyor needs to perform, including sighting documents such as Seafarer Employment Agreements. Your Nominated Coding Surveyor will complete and sign an SCV2C form, which covers all requirements of the inspection, and you will be required to counter-sign upon completion.

All the paperwork is sent in to the YDSA Certifying Authority for checking by one of our Duty Surveyors. Any queries arising will need to be addressed, usually by your Nominated Coding Surveyor in the first instance.

When the documentation is completed and the relevant fees have been paid to your Nominated Coding Surveyor and the YDSA Certifying Authority, your certificate will be endorsed to show compliance with the MLC.

The MLC Inspection is valid for up to three years. The MCA expects you to have the MLC Inspection performed at the same time as your Compliance Examination and your Mid-Term Inspection to keep your costs down, although this is not mandatory. If you have the MLC Inspection at a different time, you will be issued a replacement certificate.

Please check with your Nominated Coding Surveyor to see if you need to have an MLC inspection carried out in addition to the usual Compliance Examination or Annual Survey, and if so, make appropriate arrangements with them.

Additional Information

More information on the MLC can be found at the following:

Application fee for the issue of a compliance certificate (1st year)
(Fees in this table are VAT Exempt)
Price (£ GBP)
Vessels under 15m LOA and not in the below criteria
140.00
Vessels between 15m and 19m in length
265.00
Vessels under 19m in length operating in Categories 0 and 1
265.00
Vessels under 19m in length carrying 16 or more persons, over 1000 Kg cargo, or engaged in lifting, towing or Pilot Boat operations
265.00
All vessels 19m in length and over
380.00
Annual Renewal fee for the issue of a compliance certificate (years 2 to 5)
(Fees in this table are VAT Exempt)
Price (£ GBP)
Annual renewal fee for vessels <15m not requiring annual examination by the Certifying Authority
85.00
Annual renewal fee for vessels between 15m and 19m in length not requiring annual examination by the Certifying Authority
170.00
Vessels under 19m in length requiring an annual examination by the Certifying Authority
170.00
All vessels 19m in length and over
190.00
MLC Compliance Fees
(Fees in this table are VAT Exempt)
Price (£ GBP)
MLC (Maritime Labour Convention 2006) Compliance
95.00
Vessel Stability Fees
(VAT should be added to fees in this table unless otherwise stated)
Price (£ GBP)
Issue of Stability Category (vessels not requiring stability books) (this fee is VAT Exempt)
75.00
Intact Stability (checking of stability books)
from 515.00
Damaged Stability (checking of stability books)
from 515.00
Sailing Multihulls (checking of stability books)
from 465.00
Additional Fees
(VAT should be added to fees in this table)
Price (£ GBP)
YDSA Administration fee (e.g. issue of duplicate certificates, 3 month extension)
from 55.00
Retrieval of files from archive (typically vessels that have not been coded for 2+ years)
from 25.00

Compliance Examination - Surveyor's Fees

The fees for the Compliance Examination are negotiated with and paid directly to the Coding Surveyor. The quoted fee will be on the basis that the vessel is presented for examination already compliant with the Code requirements. An additional charge may be made for a return visit or providing assistance with stability information.

New Applications for 5 Year Examinations

For vessels new to us use this link for payments (remember to send us your completed SCV1):

Annual Renewals

For vessels due for their annual renewal (you may need your invoice/request for payment):

5 Year Cycle Renewals

For vessels due their 5 year renewal use this link for payments (remember to send us your completed SCV1):

Administration Fees

For various administration fees including retrieval and extension fees:

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