From Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos
Ten years after the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 was established, Nigeria has advised the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to review it in line with the peculiarities of the world’s different geopolitical areas in order to meet the challenges of emerging trends.
The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, made the remark at the ongoing 107thSession of the ILO Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, where consideration for the review of MLC 2006 would be made.
Peterside, who was addressing participants at the Business Africa meeting at the conference, stressed that human factor is critical to successful shipping, and remains one of the most important elements of competitive edge and safety in the maritime industry, according to a statement by the Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi.
To that end, he maintained that the industry must partner with workers to develop a strategy that would contribute to the constant development of human resources in the sector, adding that investment in workforce is a sure way to guarantee success of firms and boost profitability.
According to him, “employees are the most critical factor that determines the success of a firm. This is even truer in the maritime industry that is capital intensive and where safety is paramount. So, constant training and development, as well as welfare of the workforce, must be taken seriously.”
Stating that with the right investments the maritime industry in particular could play greater role in the economic growth of third world countries, he urged African businessmen to pay great attention to the welfare of workers to enable the continent compete favourably in the international market.
The MLC is an ILO convention established in 2006 as the fourth pillar of international maritime law and embodies all up-to-date standards of existing international maritime labour conventions and recommendations, as well as the fundamental principles to be found in other international labour conventions.
The convention entered into force on August 20, 2013, one year after registering 30 ratifications of the countries (representing over 33 per cent of the world gross tonnage of ships). As of August 2017, the convention has been ratified by 84 states (representing over 89 per cent of global shipping).