Any seafarer working on a UK maritime vessel subject to the MLC minimum requirements must have a written SEA with another person concerning the seafarer`s work on a ship containing at least the information set out in Annex 1 of the MLC minimum requirements where 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 Model Seafarers` Contract (SEA) contained in this notice has been updated and made available at the following link: SEA Model With respect to the employment of crews, the MLC requires any flag State to have a clearly written and legally enforceable crew contract for each crew member, not a general crew agreement. This is called the seafarers` employment contract or the SEA. Prior to the establishment of the MDWC, most flag States required „crew agreements“ setting out the essential terms and conditions of service. The flag State had to approve the crew agreements before they were implemented by the ship, but a document was sufficient for the entire crew, signed by individuals upon boarding and exiting the ship. With the introduction of MLC, all that has changed. The MLC sets minimum requirements for almost all aspects of seafarers` working conditions – in fact, a „Bill of Rights“. In addition, signature items on Red Ensign-flagged vessels became obsolete when the MLC came into effect. Thus, any seafarer working on a commercial yacht must now have a Maritime Employment Contract (SEA) approved by the flag State.
• Every seafarer shall have the right to decent working and living conditions on board the ship If the seafarer is directly employed by the shipowner, the SEA should be located between the seafarer and the shipowner and be signed by both the seafarer and the shipowner or an agent of the shipowner. . . .