Maritime and Coastguard Agency



Ably Resources Ltd are compliant with the provisions of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC): Recruitment and Placement with respect to Seafarer recruitment and placement as detailed in Article 1.4 of the Convention and as required under United Kingdom legislation.

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This requires:


1.1.1 We will not maintain a blacklist to prevent individual seafarers from gaining employment


1.1.2 There is not a charge made against the seafarer for providing them with employment or to register for employment on the Website


1.1.3 We will ensure that seafarers recruited or placed are qualified for the job concerned and undertake reference checks to provide assurance


1.1.4 We will maintain an up-to-date register of all seafarers recruited or placed through us


1.1.5 That the client’s seafarers’ employment agreements (SEAs) are in accordance with flag state laws and regulations, as is any Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that forms part of the employment agreement


1.1.6 Inform seafarers of their rights and duties under their employment agreements prior to engagement


1.1.7 Examine and respond to any complaint concerning their activities and advise the competent authority (Flag State) of any unresolved complaint


1.1.8 Make sure, as far as reasonably practicable, that the owner/management company/Captain has the means to protect seafarers from being stranded in a foreign port


1.1.9 We have insurance to compensate seafarers for monetary loss from the failure of the recruitment and placement service, or from breech of the seafarer employment agreement by the owner or his servants/agents to meet its obligations required of them in law


1.1.11 Maintain up-to-date lists of the vessels for which we provide seafarers and ensure that there is a means by which the services can be contacted in an emergency at all hours


1.1.12 We will not recruit any crew under the age of 16 years, or below the minimum age specified by vessel’s Flag (whichever is higher)


1.1.13 We will not recruit any crew under the age of 18 that shall be employed or engaged or work as a ship’s cook


1.1.14 We pride ourselves on being a fair and just company. Seafarers are not subject to exploitation by Ably Resources Ltd or their personnel with regards to the offer of engagement on ships or by companies


For an up to date list of countries who have ratified MLC 2006 please visit


Please note that the risk of working on ships which fly the flag of a country which has not ratified the MLC 2006 is that the seafarer employment agreements may not be MLC 2006 compliant


There are no mechanisms in place to prevent or deter any qualified seafarer from gaining employment Ably Resources Ltd will never charge you, under any circumstances, for any recruitment or placement services


Complaints Procedure

If you have a complaint please get in touch with us requesting a copy of the Complaints Policy and Procedure document which can be requested via

If you believe your complaint has not been properly resolved you have the right to contact the Maritime and Coastguard Agency ( for any unresolved complaints or write to them at:

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Spring Place

105 Commercial Road


SO15 1EG