WIT Press


The International Committee On Seafarers’ Welfare: ILO Convention 163 And Recommendation 173

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MH050241

Volume

79

Pages

8

Published

2005

Size

247 kb

Author(s)

R. Rodríguez-Martos Dauer

Abstract

ILO convention 163 and recommendation 173 were adopted in 1987 as a response to the needs of welfare facilities on board vessels and in port. All the countries which have ratified it, assume the responsibility for taking care of the welfare of any seafarer on board any vessel in their ports and on board their own national ships. Welfare facilities are sometimes still seen by many shipowners, port authorities and administrations, as something generous, philanthropic, but less as a necessary condition for keeping a healthy, efficient and safe crew. We describe here the development of this convention and recommendation, in regard to the International Committee on Seafarers’ Welfare created as an international umbrella organisation dedicated to the practical implementation of the International Labour Organisation instruments on Seafarers’ Welfare. Keywords: ICSW, ILO conventions and recommendations, seafarers, welfare, welfare boards, states, shipowners. 1 Introduction ICSW is an international umbrella organisation dedicated to the practical implementation of the International Labour Organisation instruments on Seafarers’ Welfare. Convention 163 & Recommendation 173. The ICSW is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered under United Kingdom Law. The ICSW is a 'Not For Profit' organisation governed by its Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association and Rules.

Keywords

ICSW, ILO conventions and recommendations, seafarers, welfare, welfare boards, states, shipowners.