10 Oct 2012
First Marshall island registered yacht awarded MLC certification
Legend has become the first commercial yacht in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry’s fleet to obtain certification of compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC).
The Captain of the 52m motoryacht, Egon Viljoen, and Denis Bury of DB Marine Consulting, have worked with the RMI Registry and classification society, Lloyd’s Register, to develop and implement the critical elements for compliance.
“We have always taken safety into consideration before anything else when managing Legend,” said Denis Bury.
“Complying with the safety and social provisions of MLC was a challenge that we wanted to meet and we are proud to receive this certification in full cooperation with the crew on board, class and the RMI flag State,” he continued.
Captain Viljoen commented: “Legend is a lovely classic gentleman’s motor yacht with a splendid history. When MLC was announced I was very keen to get actively involved in preparing her for compliance.
"Thanks to her design, excellent support from the Republic of the Marshall Islands Registry, Lloyd’s Register and our DPA, I found the process very smooth despite no one having done this before with a superyacht. My sincere thanks to all involved.”
Legend was given her Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance (DMLC), Part I on 27 September 2012 and issued with her Maritime Labour Certificate on 5 October 2012.
MLC comes into force on 20 August 2013. It establishes minimum requirements for almost all aspects of working conditions for seafarers including conditions of employment, hours of work and rest, accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering, health protection and medical care.
“The RMI congratulates the crew and management of the Legend on their diligent efforts to be in full compliance with the MLC,” said Marc Verburg, Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs of the RMI.
“This is a very large step forward for the yachting industry as a whole, as it provides a useful road map for other commercial yachts to follow prior to the Convention’s entry into force.”
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