Achieving MLC Compliance in the Maritime Industry

Bertine Kviteberg
February 13, 2024

The Critical Role Achieving MLC Compliance in the Maritime Industry


In the global maritime industry, adherence to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) is not just a regulatory requirement; it's a benchmark for ensuring the welfare, safety, and rights of seafarers worldwide. Understanding and implementing MLC standards can be complex, necessitating a robust solution. Adonis HR emerges as a beacon for maritime entities seeking to navigate these waters smoothly. This article delves into what it means to be MLC compliant, the standards and purposes of the MLC, its requirements, and how Adonis HR facilitates seamless compliance.

What Does MLC Compliant Mean?

Being MLC compliant means adhering to the international regulatory framework established by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to protect seafarers' rights and ensure fair working conditions on ships. Compliance involves meeting specific standards related to working hours, living conditions, employment agreements, wages, health and safety, and access to medical care.

The MLC Standard

The MLC sets forth comprehensive standards designed to secure a decent work environment for seafarers and ensure that ship operators maintain high living and working conditions on board. It consolidates and updates more than 68 international labor standards related to the maritime sector from the past 80 years into one coherent framework.

Purpose of the MLC

The primary purpose of the MLC is to establish a level playing field for shipowners to compete fairly while safeguarding seafarers' rights to decent employment conditions. It aims to promote secure and efficient maritime labor regulations, thereby enhancing the quality of life for seafarers and ensuring economic interests are not placed above their well-being.

Requirements for the MLC

The MLC outlines a set of minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship, including but not limited to:

  • Minimum age
  • Medical certification
  • Qualifications of seafarers
  • Employment agreements
  • Hours of work or rest
  • Payment of wages
  • Onboard living conditions
  • Health and safety and accident prevention
  • Access to medical care, welfare, and social security protection
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The Importance of the Right Tool: Adonis HR

Managing MLC compliance effectively demands meticulous attention to detail and an operational framework capable of adapting to the dynamic nature of maritime labor laws. Adonis HR stands out as an essential tool that empowers maritime organizations to achieve and maintain MLC compliance with confidence. Key features include:

  • Digital Documentation and Record-Keeping: Facilitates the management of employment agreements, certifications, and medical records in compliance with MLC requirements.
  • Work and Rest Hours Monitoring: Offers sophisticated tools to track and report work and rest hours, ensuring compliance with MLC standards for seafarers' working hours.
  • Health and Safety Compliance: Supports the implementation of health and safety policies and procedures onboard, in line with MLC guidelines.
  • Automated Compliance Alerts: Provides notifications for upcoming certification renewals, medical check-ups, and other compliance milestones, reducing the risk of non-compliance penalties.
  • Reporting and Analytics: Enables comprehensive reporting capabilities for internal audits, inspections, and certification processes, ensuring transparency and readiness for external MLC inspections.


As maritime operations continue to evolve, the need for comprehensive solutions to manage MLC compliance has never been greater. Adonis HR represents a pivotal advancement in how maritime organizations can uphold the highest standards of seafarer welfare and compliance. By integrating all aspects of MLC requirements into a single platform, Adonis HR not only simplifies compliance processes but also elevates the maritime industry's commitment to the dignity and rights of seafarers. In the quest for MLC compliance, Adonis HR is not just a tool; it's a strategic partner in navigating the complexities of maritime labor laws, ensuring that ships sail smoothly in compliant waters.



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Bertine Kviteberg
Marketing Manager

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