C-178 [Labour Inspection]



  1. Inspectors shall have the status and conditions of service to ensure that they are independent of changes of government and of improper external influences.
  1. Inspectors provided with proper credentials shall be empowered:
  • to board a ship registered in the territory of the Member and to enter premises as necessary for inspection;
  • to carry out any examination, test or inquiry which they may consider necessary in order to satisfy themselves that the legal provisions are being strictly observed;
  • to require that deficiencies are remedied; and
  • where they have grounds to believe that a deficiency constitutes a significant danger to seafarers’ health and safety, to prohibit, subject to any right of appeal to a judicial or administrative authority, a ship from leaving port until necessary measures are taken, the ship not being unreasonably detained or delayed.


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