On 8th August, ILO Convention C180, Seafarers’ Hours of Work and the Manning of Ships Convention of 1996, enters into force.

This convention lays down the maximum number of work hours or alternatively a minimum of rest hours a week. Records of daily working hours or periods of rest are to be maintained and these records have to be examined and endorsed at appropriate intervals.


The text of ILO Convention 180 can be found here 

ILO Convention 180 does not contain any provisions regarding Port State Controls.  However, a Protocol agreed in 1996 to ILO Convention 147 will enter into force on 10th January 2003 allowing port state control officers to enforce the seafarers’ work hour requirements laid down in the ILO 180 Convention, regardless of whether the Flag State has ratified the latter.


The Paris MoU (the agreement covering the Port State Controls of the European Coastal States and the North Atlantic basin from North America to Europe), will be amended with effect from 22nd July 2003 to incorporate ILO Convention 180 and the Protocol to ILO Convention 147, alongside the entering into force of  the European Union’s Port State Control Directive 2001/106. (The text of the latter can be found here).

For vessels flying the flag of a EU or EEA Member State, the provisions of ILO Convention 180 have already been applied by the European Union’s Working Time Directive for seafarers which came into force on 30th June 2002.


The effect of this is that Port State Control authorities in EU Member States will enforce ILO Convention 180 between 30th June 2002 and 10th January 2003 for EU and EEA flagged ships, after which dates this enforcement will also apply to ships under non-EU country flags.  Non-EU members of the Paris MoU can enforce ILO Convention 180 from 10th January 2003 if they have ratified ILO Convention 180 and the Protocol to ILO Convention 147, but as a group, the Paris MoU will not apply the ILO Convention 180 until 22nd July 2003.