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Regulations concerning seafarer’s health

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

STCW Convention

The regulations of the International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping, STCW, are included in the Finnish legislation.

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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

Electronic services


Loki online service (available in Finnish and Swedish)