MLC Declaration of Conformity
We are pleased to inform you that we have been audited by the MCA at our request, and can advise that we have successfully achieved a Certificate of Conformity.
The ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006) was ratified on 20 August 2012 and entered into force on 20 August 2013. Whilst the UK has not yet ratified the convention, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency has been tasked with coordinating UK compliance.
This is an important development in our business, one which underlines our commitment to providing and maintaining the highest possible standards of quality and compliance in the supply of skilled seagoing staff to our clients.
From your perspective, you can be assured that we have been independently inspected and are following internationally recognised guidelines, ensuring you maintain a compliant supply chain.
MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION ARTICLE 1.4
Faststream Recruitment Ltd will be compliant with the provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention with respect to crew recruiting and placement as detailed in Article 1.4 of the convention and as required under United Kingdom Legislation.
1.1.1 It will not maintain a black list to prevent individual seafarers from gaining employment.
1.1.2 There is not a charge made against the seafarer for providing them with employment or to register for employment on the Website.
1.1.3 We will ensure that seafarers recruited or placed are qualified for the job concerned and undertake reference checks to provide assurance.
1.1.4 We will maintain an up-to-date register of all seafarers recruited or placed through us.
1.1.5 That the clients seafarers’ employment agreements (SEA’s) are in accordance with flag state laws and regulations, as is any Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that forms part of the employment agreement
1.1.6 Inform seafarers of their rights and duties under their employment agreements prior to engagement.
1.1.7 Examine and respond to any complaint concerning their activities and advise the competent authority (Flag State) of any unresolved complaint.
1.1.8 Make sure, as far as reasonably practicable, that the owner/management company/Captain has the means to protect seafarers from being stranded in a foreign port.
1.1.9 We have insurance to compensate seafarers for monetary loss from the failure of the recruitment and placement service, or from breach of the seafarer employment agreement by the owner or his servants/agents to meet its obligations required of them in law. Please see Insurance Certificate attached.
1.1.10 Protect the confidentiality of seafarers’ personal data
1.1.11 Maintain up-to-date lists of the vessels for which we provide seafarers and ensure that there is a means by which the services can be contacted in an emergency at all hours.
1.1.12 We will not recruit any crew under the age of 16 years, or below the minimum age specified by vessel’s Flag (whichever is higher).
1.1.13 We will not recruit any crew under the age of 18 that shall be employed or engaged or work as a ship’s cook.
1.1.14 We pride ourselves on being a fair and just company. Seafarers are not subject to exploitation by Faststream or their personnel with regard to the offer of engagement on particular ships or by particular companies.
Please note that the risk of working on ships that fly the flag of a country that has not ratified the MLC 2006 is that the seafarer employment agreements may not be MLC 2006 compliant.
If you have a complaint, please get in touch with us via our complaints policy