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For Immediate Release
Jun 16, 2016

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Japan Designates ABS the First Foreign RO Authorized for Maritime Labor Inspection

Designation elevates ABS’ role in Japan and expands the scope of services.

(Yokohama, Japan) ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, was selected by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as a Recognized Organization (RO) for maritime labor inspection.

Maritime Labor Convention comprises sixteen articles, containing general provisions, which consists of five Titles that outline specific provisions grouped by standard. They include minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship; conditions of employment; accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering; health protection, medical care, welfare and social security protection; and compliance and enforcement of ILO Maritime Labor Convention, 2006 (MLC), ratified in August 2013.

“We are very pleased to be the first foreign Recognized Organization authorized by MLIT for maritime labor inspection in Japan,” says Akira Akiyama, ABS Vice President of Japan, Pacific Division. “As an RO, we will be able to offer an even wider range of services to our customers here.”

The law requires ships (excluding fishing vessels and noncommercial vessels) of more than 500 gross tons and engaged in international voyages to undergo maritime labor inspection by the State or a Recognized Organization to verify that living and working conditions meet MLC requirements that valid certificates are being carried onboard. This designation makes ABS a choice for shipowners who need this service.


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