• Every seafarer has the right to fair conditions of employment All seafarers working on seagoing vessels must have a written employment contract with the employer/shipowner. In accordance with MLC Standard A2.1, seafarers` employment contracts must in any event contain the following information: if the seafarer is directly employed by the shipowner, the SEA must be located between the seafarer and the shipowner and must be signed by both the seafarer and the shipowner or an agent of the shipowner. Any signatory authorised by the shipowner to sign SEAS for seafarers working on the ship should be mentioned in Part 2 of the declaration on respect for the ship`s maritime work. for seagoing vessels flying the German flag that meet all the minimum requirements of the Maritime Labour Act and the MLC. The use of this type of agreement, which can be extended or adapted individually, is not mandatory. Since the entry into force of the Maritime Labour Convention (MTC), binding minimum standards have been applied worldwide to seafarers` employment contracts and wages. An employment contract for seafarers must be signed by both the seafarer and the employer/shipowner. • The working conditions of a seafarer are defined or mentioned in a clear, legally enforceable written agreement, and must comply with the standards established by the code. The model maritime employment contract (SEA) contained in this notice has been updated and made available at the following link: SEA model If a seafarer is not directly employed by the shipowner, but is employed by a third party (e.g. B a personnel agency), the employer must be a contracting party to the SEA. In such cases, the shipowner (or an agent of the shipowner) must also sign the agreement to ensure that the shipowner fulfils all the employer`s obligations to the seafarer under the ITA under Parts 1 and 2 of Annex 1 to this CONVENTION if the employer does not comply with these obligations.
The «Model Maritime Employment Contract for an Employed Seafarer» (see Annex 2 to this MGN) therefore provides that the employer and the shipowner and seafarer sign the SEA. The SEA is a contractual agreement between each crew member and the owner, representative or owner of the ship….