Maritime labour certificate

Permits and notifications - Maritime labour certificate

Occupational safety and health authorities carry out inspections in order to qualify ships with a gross tonnage of at least 500 for a maritime labour certificate on the basis of the occupational safety and health authorities’ opinion. In Finland, maritime labour certificates are issued by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency, and only ships that have undergone an occupational safety and health inspection can be issued one.

The certification scheme is based on the International Labour Organisation’s Maritime Labour Convention, which entered into force internationally in 2013. Finnish ships with a gross tonnage of at least 500 that are engaged in international voyages have had to be certified since 20 August 2013. Owners of smaller ships can also apply for a maritime labour certificate.

Maritime labour certificates are issued for up to five years at a time. An interim inspection must be carried out at least two and no more than three years before the certificate’s expiry date.

The mandatory provisions of the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) have been transposed into Finnish law. Inspections on board Finnish ships are based on Finnish law, not the international Maritime Labour Convention.

Booking a maritime labour certification inspection

Shipowners can book maritime labour certification inspections and interim inspections with Regional State Administrative Agencies’ Divisions of Occupational Safety and Health. A special form is available for this purpose, which must be submitted to either

  • the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the Regional State Administrative Agency in whose jurisdiction the ship is registered or
  • the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the Regional State Administrative Agency in whose jurisdiction the ship regularly operates.

Shipowners and crews can use the occupational safety and health authorities’ pre-filled booking form (in Finnish) to book inspections.

Bookings should ideally made at least one month before an inspection is due, and it takes an additional month after the inspection for a certificate to be issued. An occupational safety and health inspector contacts the crew and/or the shipowner to confirm a date for the inspection and visits the ship within one month of the booking.

More information: Occupational safety and health inspections on board ships

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