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Seafarer Welfare - MLC

Ensuring the continued compliance of all Bermuda registered ships with the requirements of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) is the responsibility of the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority and is not routinely delegated to Recognised Organisations.

All ships are required to have a Declaration of Maritime Labour Convention Part II (DMLC II) which lists the measures by which the company will meet Bermuda’s requirements, which are laid out in the Declaration of Maritime Labour Convention Part I (DMLC I).

DMLC II’s must be approved by Bermuda and can be submitted for review to:

Bermuda policy is for the MLC interim, initial, intermediate and renewal verifications to be completed by Bermuda inspectors wherever possible. These are normally completed in conjunction with the ISM and ISPS audits which are harmonised to reduce the number of ship attendances required.

Bermuda will consider delegating completion of the interim inspections to the vessel’s Classification Society for vessel deliveries and ships transferring into the Bermuda register.

Applications for inspections should be made in good time and Bermuda will always work closely with managers to schedule audits and inspections to suit the ship’s schedule and to be as cost efficient as possible.

Please send applications for audits together with the ship's known or anticipated itinerary to: