The captain of superyacht Penny Mae tells us that the yacht has recently been audited and has received her MLC 2006 Certificate, and in doing so has become one of the first Marshall Islands flagged yacht under 500 ton to become certified.
Captain Mike O'Neill says: "All commercial ships and charter yachts are now required to comply to the MLC2006 standards but only vessels over 500 ton are required to be certified. However Penny Mae elected to take the extra step to become certified, which not only reinforces our proactive outlook towards safety, security & wellbeing of guests & crew, but will also help to streamline the process when undergoing port state control inspections".
The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) is an International Labour Organization convention established in 2006 and embodies "all up-to-date standards of existing international maritime labour Conventions and recommendations, as well as the fundamental principles to be found in other international labour Conventions". In a nutshell the convention is centered around setting a minimum standard regarding the well being of all seafarers (crew) at sea.
"It has taken a tremendous effort for Penny Mae to reach the standards required and to receive her certification which was only made possible by the support and guidance of Fairport Yacht Support, Marsh Insurance, Marshall Islands Registry, and of course the yacht’s owners & crew".