What exactly is the difference between the DOC Holder, employer and owner as per MLC? What exactly is the DOC, what does it stand for and why is it different than the Employer and Owner?

24 Jul '20, 12:00

July 24, 2020, noon
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The Convention defines as follows:

  1. DOC Holder is the subject vessel: "Each Member shall ensure that ships that fly its flag carry a maritime labour certificate and a declaration of maritime labour compliance as required by this Convention." [Article V.3]

  2. Employer is the company or person who placed the seafarer on board the vessel: "seafarer recruitment and placement service means any person, company, institution, agency or other organization, in the public or the private sector, which is engaged in recruiting seafarers on behalf of shipowners or placing seafarers with shipowners;" [Article II 1.h]

  3. Shipowner is a hiring party: "shipowner means the owner of the ship or another organization or person, such as the manager, agent or bareboat charterer, who has assumed the responsibility for the operation of the ship from the owner and who, on assuming such responsibility, has agreed to take over the duties and responsibilities imposed on shipowners in accordance with this Convention, regardless of whether any other organization or persons fulfil certain of the duties or responsibilities on behalf of the shipowner." [Article II 1.j]


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27 Jul '20, 07:23

July 27, 2020, 7:23 a.m.
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