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Commitment to Comply with MLC 2006 Requirements



  • No fees or other charges for seafarer recruitment or placement or for providing employment to seafarers are borne directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by the seafarer, other than the cost of the seafarer obtaining the national seafarer's book and personal travel documents, not including, however, the cost of visas, which shall be borne by V.Ships Offshore Ltd.
  • Any costs, which the seafarer will be expected to bear in the recruitment process, are clearly publicised.
  • Costs of passport , seaman's book , STCW documents appropriate for the rank remain seafarer's costs . Company may however consider reimbursement of these costs at own discretion.
  • Personal details of the seafarers, whether sailing or ashore are kept confidential with due regards to the right to privacy of the seafarer.
  • V.Ships Offshore Ltd is contactable in an emergency at all hours.
  • The employment, engagement or work on board a ship of any person under the age of 18 is prohibited.
  • Requests for information or advice by families of seafarers while the seafarers are at sea are dealt with promptly, sympathetically and at no cost. 
  • Seafarers are informed of their rights and duties under their Seafarers' Employment Agreement.
  • Seafarers are given adequate time to examine their employment agreements before and after they are signed and for them to a receive copy of the agreement. The seafarers' employment agreement is signed by both the seafarer and us as agent for and on behalf of the owner of the vessel and the company.
  • Seafarers are informed of particular conditions and of the particular shipowner's policies relating to their employment.
  • Seafarers recruited and placed are trained, qualified, competent, certified and hold valid documents necessary for the job concerned. The submitted certificates and documents are sighted and checked to ensure they are not fraudulently obtained.
  • Employment references of the seafarer are verified by contacting the authorized person with details provided by the candidate.
  • All seafarers recruited and placed undergo medical examination to ensure they are medically fit to perform their duties and hold a valid medical certificate.
  • All necessary travel information of embarkation and disembarkation are provided to seafarers to protect them from being stranded in a foreign port. Company is responsible to repatriate seafarers if stranded in foreign port/place.
  • Seafarers' complaints are examined and responded through a proper mechanism.
  • Seafarers are offered employment based on all available vacancies advertised in local media, seafarers are not reserved for engagement on a particular ship or ships of particular owner.
  • V.Ships Offshore Ltd does not use any means, mechanisms, or lists (black lists) intended to prevent or deter seafarers from gaining employment for which they are qualified. Recruitment is carried out without any discriminatory policy or bias based on including, but not limited to, race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion or social origin.
  • Any monetary loss as a result of shipowner's failure to pay the seafarer is duly compensated.
  • Seafarer's Employment Agreement is in accordance with applicable regulations, MLC requirements and applicable collective bargaining agreement. Copies of these documents are available on board the ship in English.
  • A copy of our management system certificate or other documentary evidence is sent on board and/or to the shipowner stating that V.Ships Offshore Ltd is operating in accordance with applicable national laws or regulations, flag state and MLC 2006 requirements.
  • Seafarers are advised on possible problems of signing on a ship that flies the flag of a state which has not ratified the MLC 2006.
  • Company reserves its right to report to appropriate authorities in Poland cases of significant incompetence , criminal acts and serious breaches of discipline during the seafarer's employment period. Reporting can be done after thorough case analyse only.
  • If the flag state of the vessel is a signatory to the Able Seamen Convention then as per the (ILO 74) Able Seamen Convention 1946 (appendix 4), no person shall be engaged on any vessel as an able seaman unless he holds a certificate of qualification as an able seaman. The certificate of able seaman must be sighted by the Crew Coordinator.