Seafarer working and living rights

All seafarers have working and living rights that include:

- employment contracts
- accommodation food
- medical care

A seafarer is anyone who works on board a seagoing ship, including:

- master and crew
- self-employed contractors
- shopkeepers and hairdressers
- entertainers

A seagoing ship is any vessel: 

- on an international voyage or from a foreign port
- on a domestic journey from the UK coast
- more than 500 gross tonnes

The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 came into force on 7 August 2014. It replaced all existing laws on seafarers’ rights.

You can read more on the GOV.UK website