Seafaring and its work conditions are regulated by many international and national acts.
International conventions and standards
Maritime Labour Convention MLC 2006
Maritime Labour Convention of the International Labour Organization (ILO) came into force in 2006. It determines the minimum requirements of maritime labour: employment conditions, accommodation, recreational facilities, food and catering, health protection, and social security protection.
For further information: MLC 2006
The regulations of the International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping, STCW, are included in the Finnish legislation.
Guidelines on the medical examinations of seafarers by ILO/IMO
National acts and decrees
Act on Medical Fitness Examinations of Seafarers 1171/2010
Decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health on the standards of eyesight and hearing required of seafarers 224/2013
Act on approval as seafarers' doctor 47/2009
Act and decree on Ships' Medical Stores (584/2015 and 589/2015)
Seafarers' Employment Contracts Act 756/2011
Health Care Act 1326/2010
Occupational Health Care Act 1383/2001
Occupational Safety and Health Act 738/2002