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The Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006 sought to bring fairness and decent conditions for merchant mariners, so why is it the 800-pound gorill

in the room for yacht owners and designers?

By Dudley Dawson

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acht owners may not yet have heard of the Maritime Labor Convention 2006 (MLC), but it will soon become the most important element on their agenda. At 110 pages, it is the most comprehensive maritime labor treaty ever pro-posed.

It is likely that the MLC will be ratified within 2011 and come into effect 12 months later. Its impact on the design, con-struction and operation of yachts will reach beyond that of all prior regulations. The convention will affect decisions regard-ing yacht size and type—as well as cruising venues—for many yachtsmen in the years to come and is already being consid-ered by designers and builders in projects on the boards.

While most in the industry are familiar with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), fewer are aware of the Interna-

tional Labour Organization (ILO) and its activities. Both are agencies of the United Nations, but they differ dramatically purpose and composition. Members of IMO include repres tatives of government, shipbuilders, ship owners, and othe organizations with seafaring interests. The U.S. Coast Guar for instance, is a full voting member. The Superyacht Build Association (SYBAss), on the other hand, is a consultative member only, with the right to attend and comment in ses-sions, but without voting rights. The work of the IMO occasi ally touches on matters related to the welfare of seafarers, but is primarily focused on safety and on ships themselves

The ILO, on the other hand, is composed primarily of repre-sentatives from governments and labor organizations arou the globe, including unions. In the past, its work has mostl related to land-based workers, but in 2001, planning bega

General Arrangement Examples for a 173-Foot Sailing Yacht of 488 GRT

Dark Red Areas: Crew Cabins Light Red Areas: Crew Shared Spaces

Gray Areas: Technical and Utility Spaces Blue Areas: Owner & Guest Accommodations

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