DMB YACHTING GROUP – MLC 2006
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
On August 20 2013, International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) became internationally relevant and enforceable. We at DmB Yachting Group are fully committed to adhering to the terms of the MLC 2006.
In keeping with the terms of the MLC 2006, and to properly demonstrate our compliance in adhering to its terms (as per title 1.4), DmB Yachting Group has scheduled a Maritime Coastguard Agency audit in order to become fully certified, the audit has been scheduled for 2020. This means that our business will be certified and compliant in all areas of title 1.4 of the Convention.
RECRUITMENT AND PLACEMENT OF SEAFARERS
The standards for the recruitment and placement of seafarers on ships and commercial yachts which agencies must follow is set by Title 1.4 of the MLC 2006. DmB Yachting Group operates and adheres fully within the context of the title 1.4 of the Convention.
YACHTS MLC COMPLIANCE
DmB Yachting Group fully understands and accepts the importance of collaborating with clients and providing the support they and their associated yachts need. To establish a yachts MLC compliance, DmB Yachting Group will collate the following information:
DmB Yachting Group will ask for a copy of the yachts MLC 2006 certificate and will proceed to record the certificate number on file and stored on our cloud database.
DmB Yachting Group will establish that the terms of a seafarer’s contract will be released for review before that seafarer joins his or her yacht.
To the best of its ability, DmB Yachting Group will establish that the seafarers SEA (Seafarers Employment Agreement) carries pertinent information that indicates that the yacht owner or its management company has the wherewithal to defend its crew against abandonment and from being stranded in a foreign port.
ENSURING COMPLIANCE: DMB YACHTING GROUP’S COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
To ensure our compliance with title 1.4 of the MLC 2006 policy on yachts to which the MLC applies and to bring only the highest level of service to both the seafarers it supports and its Clients, DmB Yachting Group operates a simple but exhaustive complaints process.
We prefer to receive complaints within 14 days of an incident or of the matter coming to the seafarers or Client’s attention, but will extend this time limit as long as good reasons are supplied for affected seafarers or Clients not making the complaint sooner and provided it is still possible to complete a fair investigation. Complaints can be made verbally, in writing, or by email. When made verbally, we will make a record of the complaint and the seafarer or Client will be given a written copy. If the complaint is being made on the behalf of a third party, correspondence must include a written consent, as this will increase the probability of a quicker response. DmB Yachting Group has a policy of responding as quickly as possible to complaints in order to remedy the matter in question without undue delay.
First step: Seafarers and clients should contact DmB Yachting Group and must describe in as much detail as is considered necessary their complaints, using any of the following methods:
In writing to:
DmB Yachting Group,
Att: Dean Bennett,
Ross House the square,
Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire,
Telephone: +44 01451 831 130
DmB Yachting Group is assured of its ability to address and resolve the seafarers or Client complaint by following the procedures explained in step 1. In the unlikely case that the seafarer or Client feels that his/her complaint is not addressed in a satisfactory manner that keeps with the standards that DmB Yachting Group aim to maintain, he/she must proceed to step 2.
Second step: In the unlikely case that the seafarer or Client feels that his/her complaint is not addressed in a satisfactory manner, the next step is for the Client or seafarer to contact The Maritime Coastguard Agency’s MLC Department using the details below, and including the full details of prior correspondence.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
In writing to:
105 Commercial Road,
Southampton, SO15 1EG
Telephone (main switchboard) +44 203 817 2000
To remain compliant with the MLC 2006 as regarding our seafarer’s registration form, it is compulsory that all seafarers wishing to work with DmB Yachting Group submit these documents upon registration:
- A valid, industry-compliant seafarers’ medical certificate (ENG1)
- An up to-date copy of your passport
- All five modules of the STCW in agreement with the STCW 2010 code, section A-VI/1
- Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
- Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
- Elementary First Aid
- Proficiency in Security Awareness
- Personal Survival Techniques
If you require additional information on the MLC 2006, here are some links we believe to be of use:
ILO Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) Review PDF
Non-ratified yachts. Review PDF
Ratifications of MLC – Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) Review the PDF
Seafarers’ Employment Agreements (SEA) Review PDF
Frequently Asked Questions on Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 – Review MLC 2006 Frequently Asked Questions
OTHER MEASURES TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE
We deploy a number of other measures as part of our compliance to title 1.4 of the MLC 2006. They are as follows:
No fee policy: To ensure our compliance with title 1.4 of the MLC 2006 policy on yachts to which the MLC applies, DmB Yachting Group will not under any circumstances ask any seafarer that it supports in obtaining a suitable crew position for any kind of fee. DmB Yachting Group confirms that, apart from the cost of the seafarer obtaining a national statutory medical certificate, his/her national seafarer’s book and a passport or other similar personal travel, no seafarer directly or indirectly, whether in whole or in part, bears any fees or charges for recruitment or placement, and DmB Yachting Group does not receive any fee for providing employment to seafarers.
A confidential database: To ensure our compliance with title 1.4 of the MLC 2006 policy on yachts to which the MLC applies, DmB Yachting Group maintains a current and confidential database of all the seafarers with whom it does business. Please note that the seafarers’ details are only held for as long as is necessary and are deleted accordingly.
Reference checks and vetting: To ensure our compliance with title 1.4 of the MLC 2006 policy on yachts to which the MLC applies, DmB Yachting Group will carry out confidential reference checks on all seafarers with whom it does business. DmB Yachting Group also has a policy of meeting all individual seafarers with whom it engages so as to conduct an initial interview. Should a face-to-face meeting be impossible, a meeting via Skype or alternative means will be established.
Validation checks: To ensure our compliance with title 1.4 of the MLC 2006 policy on yachts to which the MLC applies, DmB Yachting Group will carry out validation checks to authenticate the genuiness of seafarers’ licenses. We may elect to check officer’s licenses against the MCA’s official register.
Prohibition of blacklists: To ensure our compliance with title 1.4 of the MLC 2006 policy on yachts to which the MLC applies, we will proscribe any use of black lists, means, or mechanisms that has the sole intention of preventing or deterring qualified seafarers from gaining employment.
No underage employment: To ensure our compliance with title 1.4 of the MLC 2006 policy on yachts to which the MLC applies, DmB Yachting Group will not employ seafarers younger than 18, we will verify actual age via passport checks at both the registration and interview stages.
Disciplinary procedures regarding individual yacht and seafarer SEA: DmB Yachting Group has a policy of allowing individual yachts to conduct their own disciplinary procedure as necessary, should the need arise. These procedures will be echoed in the seafarer’s SEA. Every individual seafarer is charged with the responsibility of reading and understanding the disciplinary procedures and processes of the yacht that he or she joins prior to joining it.