When the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 comes into force it will replace 40 existing conventions and 29 regulations.
It will provide seafarers with fair terms of employment and guarantee them safe, secure and decent living and working conditions on board ship.
Shipowners will benefit from having a clear, consistent set of standards with which all must comply.
Once the Convention is in force all ships which trade internationally must meet its requirements, whether their flag States have ratified it or not, ships will be subject to inspection.
Inspectors' powers are the same as those under ISM or MARPOL, including the power to detain ships that do not comply.