Lithuania Laying Groundwork for Better Seafarer Protection
In order to ensure safe navigation and prevent ship pollution, the Government of Lithuania will implement new regulations for the control of the international and Lithuania‘s ships.
In order to do so, the Government of Lithuania voted in favor of approving new maritime law amendments proposed by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.
Maritime Safety Law establishes new binding provisions for seaworthiness of vessels and determines competent institutions responsible for the maintenance of ships flying the Lithuanian flag.
The amendments establish binding international procedures for IMO Member State Audit aimed at determining whether the state complies with its international obligations as flag, port or coastal state.
The amendments seek to usher in improvements in the shipping industry and ensure the welfare of seafarers, as explained by the Ministry.
The Ministry of Social Security and Labour together with the Ministry of Transport and Communications are to establish mandatory requirements regarding the working conditions for seafarers, their safety and health. Whereas the Ministry of Health together with the Ministry of Transport and Communications are set to adopt mandatory regulations on seafarers‘ heath care.
Press Release, July 22nd 2014