ClassNK has issued its first approval for seafarer recruitment and placement service providers, in accordance with the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC, 2006) to Manila-based manning company NYK-FIL Ship Management Inc. (NYK-FIL).
The approval confirms the company’s conformance with the standards set forth in MLC 2006 Regulation 1.4 (Recruitment and Placement), which was adopted by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2006 to help ensure safety onboard and protect the rights of seafarers.
The MLC 2006 requires ship owners who deal with seafarer recruitment and placement services in countries or territories that have not adopted the MLC to confirm that their service providers are in conformance with convention standards.
The text of the MLC does not provide clear guidelines for how to confirm such compliance. However, calls for greater professionalism and increased quality are driving the demand for third party certification in the global manning industry.
To assist ship owners and recruitment and placement service providers in their efforts to comply with the new convention, ClassNK has developed a new certification standard, as well as approval procedures for verifying the MLC compliance of seafarer recruitment and placement providers. The certification and approval of NYK-FIL marks the first time a company has been certified in accordance with ClassNK’s new standard.
An official certificate and declaration of compliance was officially presented to NYK-FIL during a special ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Intramuros, Manila on 24 November 2011. Takao Kuboki, General Manager, ClassNK Certification Services Department, presented the certification to NYK-FIL President Josephine J. Francisco, who expressed her appreciation and described the certification as a “milestone” in the history of the highly awarded manning company.
For ClassNK, the issuing of this first approval for seafarer recruitment providers highlights its continued growth in the field of quality and training certification. Koichi Fujiwara, ClassNK Executive Vice President, stated: “At ClassNK it is our mission to support the growth and development of the world maritime industry. From ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 to new certification for seafarer training, ECDIS courses, and now seafarer recruitment and placement, we will continue to develop new standards and provide new tools to ensure a safer and stronger future for the industry.”