Knowing and using the ILO and IMO instruments for the well-being of Seafarers and Fishers (on board and ashore)
The purpose of this workshop is to become acquainted with the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) and how these organizations
can contribute to our ministry to seafarers and fishers.
The most important international instruments that define international standards for mariners
are conventions and recommendations. Both conventions and recommendations are adopted by
bodies representing many countries. Conventions are agreements between several countries that are
binding on all countries that have formally accepted them. Formal acceptance of conventions is
called ratification. Conventions are not normally binding on countries that have not ratified them,
although in some instances, port states can require all countries’ ships to comply with certain
conventions as a condition for entering their ports. Recommendations are not legally binding on
any country. They do, however, carry considerable moral force as an expression of internationally
agreed guiding principles.
The principle bodies that prepare international instruments affecting mariners are two
specialized agencies of the United Nations: International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the
International Labor Organization (ILO).
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