C185 - Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003, as amended (No. 185)
The General Conference of the International Labour Organization,
Having been convened at Geneva by the Governing Body of the International Labour Office and having met in its Ninety-first Session on 3 June 2003, and Mindful of the continuing threat to the security of passengers and crews and the safety of ships, to the national interest of States and to individuals, and
Mindful also of the core mandate of the Organization, which is to promote decent conditions of work, and
Considering that, given the global nature of the shipping industry, seafarers need special protection, and
Recognizing the principles embodied in the Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention 1958, concerning the facilitation of entry by seafarers into the territory of Members for the purposes of shore leave, transit, transfer or repatriation, and
Noting the Convention on the Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic, 1965, as amended, of the International Maritime Organization, in particular, Standards 3.44 and 3.45, and
Noting further that United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/57/219 (Protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism) affirms that States must ensure that any measure taken to combat terrorism complies with their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, and
Being aware that seafarers work and live on ships involved in international trade and that access to shore facilities and shore leave are vital elements of seafarers' general well-being and, therefore, to the achievement of safer shipping and cleaner oceans and
Being aware also that the ability to go ashore is essential for joining a ship and leaving after the agreed period of service, and
Noting the amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974, as amended, concerning special measures to enhance maritime safety and security, that were adopted by the International Maritime Organization Diplomatic Conference on 12 December 2002, and
Having decided upon the adoption of certain proposals with regard to the improved security of seafarers' identification, which is the seventh item on the agenda of the session, and
Having decided that these proposals shall take the form of an international Convention revising the Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention, 1958,
adopts this nineteenth day of June of the year two thousand and three, the following Convention, which may be cited as the Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003.
ISSUANCE OF SEAFARERS' IDENTITY DOCUMENTS
CONTENT AND FORM
- (a) prevent tampering with the document or falsification, as far as possible, and enable easy detection of alterations; and
- (b) be generally accessible to governments at the lowest cost consistent with reliably achieving the purpose set out in (a) above.
- (a) this document is a seafarers' identity document for the purpose of the Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003, of the International Labour Organization; and
- (b) this document is a stand-alone document and not a passport.
- (a) full name (first and last names where applicable);
- (b) sex;
- (c) date and place of birth;
- (d) nationality;
- (e) any special physical characteristics that may assist identification;
- (f) digital or original photograph; and
- (g) signature.
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