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Shipping: Recruitment

Department for Transport written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cases of non-compliance with the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Recruitment and Placement) Regulations 2014 have been recorded by Maritime and Coastguard Agency surveyors since those regulations came into force.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

The requirements of the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Recruitment and Placement) Regulations 2014 are not enforced by Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) surveyors.

Under the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) (Minimum Requirements for Seafarers, etc) Regulations 2014, shipowners are required to use only recruitment and placement services which comply with the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. During survey and inspection of UK and non-UK ships, the MCA has recorded 121 case of non-compliance with this requirement on UK-flagged ships and 15 cases on foreign-flagged ships calling at UK ports, under Port State Control, since these Regulations came into force in the UK on 7 August 2014.

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