AUSTRALIA: END OF SEAFARER MLC CONTRACT EXEMPTION

Published: November 27, 2020

Under the Maritime Labour Convention the maximum period that a seafarer can normally serve aboard a ship without leave is 11 months, however this period has been extended in recent months due to COVID-19. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), noting that the continuous period that a seafarer can serve on board a vessel without taking leave needs to return to sustainable and safe levels, has announced, in Marine Notice 10/2020, that these interim Covid arrangements will end on 28 February 2021.

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