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Romania makes first MLC arrest

3 February 2017

Romania has detained its first ship under the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) – which sets minimum standards for seafarers – since the International Labour Organization (ILO) convention came into force for the country at the end of 2016. Romania had agreed to sign up to the MLC in 2015 following campaigning by the Romanian Seafarers’ Free Union and the ITF.

The authorities arrested the Togo-flagged Geo-Star in Constantza on the Black Sea coast after the vessel was found to have a large number of deficiencies, including in the working and living conditions for its crew members. Port inspectors found that the owner, Geo Lojistik Dis Tikaret, had not taken the necessary steps to bring the ship up to the international maritime technical standards and working and living conditions.

Welcoming the detention, ITF inspector Adrian Mihalcioiu, head of the Romanian Seafarers’ Free Union, said that, as a result, “the Black Sea has escaped the presence of a sub-standard ship. Those of us here who are fighting for standard technical conditions, better working and living conditions and a positive marine environment, give our full support to the authorities pursuing this goal.”

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