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WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 229–247 | Cite as

The concept of “shipowner” under new maritime labor law (MLC, 2006): does the shipowner own the ship? (comparative analysis of national law of Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom)

  • Sandra Lielbarde
Article

Abstract

The identification of the responsible shipowner is essential for seafarers in order to claim payments and compensation in respect of their employment on board a ship. Often this may be difficult because of corporate arrangements and the many intermediaries traditionally involved in ship operation. The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC, 2006), adopted by the International Labour Conference (ILC) 94th (Maritime) Session in 2006, entered into force on August 2013; it significantly affects the shipowner’s responsibility in respect to seafarers’ employment. Taking into account the mentioned issue, the article examines the concept of “shipowner” under the MLC, 2006 and presents comparative analysis of the relevant national law implementing the MLC, 2006 in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Keywords

Employer Maritime labor law MLC, 2006 Seafarer Shipowner 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The author is grateful to Alla Pozdnakova and Hans Jacob Bull, Professors at Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law of Oslo University, Terje Hernes Pettersen from the Norwegian Seafarers’ Union, Angelica Gjestrum, ITF Coordinator in Oslo, and Hege Ajer Petterson from the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association. The views expressed in this Article are solely the author’s and mistakes, if any, are responsibility of the author.

This article is based on author’s Master’s thesis “Concept of seafarer and shipowner: before and after the Maritime Labour Convention 2006” defended at the Riga Graduate School of Law in June, 2015. It reflects the state of affairs as at 6 August 2017.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Maritime administration of LatviaRigaLatvia

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