B3. Does the MLC, 2006 apply to cadets?

The Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations has considered that obtaining on-board training for the purpose of becoming a seafarer by definition implies working on board and, as a result, no question of doubt can arise concerning the fact that cadets are to be regarded as seafarers for the purpose of the Convention, when working on board a ship covered by the MLC, 2006. It has also underlined that the protection afforded by the Convention is particularly important for the more vulnerable categories of persons, such as cadets 40 .

Questions about the workers and the ships covered by the MLC, 2006