Nanjing Tanker Corporation (NJTC) and Nanjing Branch of China Classification Society (CCS) signed the Agreement on Jointly Promoting the Implementation of Maritime Labor Convention on August 11, 2011. According to the agreement, both parties will work together to track on laws & regulations as well as technical standards, conduct research on related issues, carry out document preparations, review and examination of convention implementation, establish mechanisms of information communication and training & discussion, summarize the demonstration ships’ experiences in convention implementation, and so as to lay a good foundation for NJTC’s ship teams to successfully fulfill the Maritime Labor Convention (the Convention).
Therefore, NJTC will set up a special department to jointly promote the demonstration ships to carry out the implementation of the Convention with Nanjing Branch of CCS. Aiming to improve seafarers’ living and working conditions on board, Maritime Labor Convention 2006, which was ratified by International Labor Organization (ILO) in February 2011, will enter into force soon. As a “Bill of rights” for 1.2 million seafarers in the world, the Convention will become the “fourth pillar” of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping after the other three conventions, namely, International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, etc., exerting a significant influence on shipping industry. As the effective date of the Convention is coming up, NJTC has made the planning beforehand in order to actively find out the possible problems in the implementation of the Convention, so that the implementation issues will be learnt and discussed together with CCS on the basis of strong technology and R & D capacity of CCS.
(From: China Changjiang National Shipping (Group) Corporation)