Accommodation of Crews (Supplementary Provisions) Convention, 1970

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Accommodation of Crews (Supplementary Provisions) Convention, 1970
ILO Convention
Date of adoption October 30, 1970
Date in force August 27, 1991
Classification Safety, Health and Welfare
Subject Seafarers
Previous Holidays with Pay Convention (Revised), 1970
Next Prevention of Accidents (Seafarers) Convention, 1970

Accommodation of Crews (Supplementary Provisions) Convention, 1970 is an International Labour Organization Convention.[1] It was ratified by the ILO's Governing Body in Geneva October 14, 1970, as a supplement to the Accommodation of Crews Convention (Revised), 1949.[1]

The earlier convention considered such shipboard matters as:

  • sleeping accommodation,[1]
  • mess and recreation rooms,[1]
  • ventilation,[1]
  • heating,[1]
  • lighting,[1] and
  • sanitary facilities.[1]

The supplementary provisions were needed because of significant changes in the construction and operation of merchant vessels.[1]

The provisions apply to sea-going ships, publicly or privately owned, engaged in cargo transport, passengers trade, or any other commercial purpose, registered in a territory which ratified the convention.[1] It does not apply to ships built before the provisions came into force, and to some classes of vessels such as ships of less than 1,000 tons, ships primarily propelled by sail, ships engaged in fishing or whaling, and hydrofoils and air-cushion craft.[1]

Articles 1 through 4 of the provisions cover which vessels are subject to the provisions, definitions, and certain legal requirements for countries which adopt the Convention.[2]

Article 5 deals with standards for sleeping quarters.[3] This includes the minimum square-footage of sleeping quarters and the number of persons that can be assigned to one room.[3] It also specifies that the chief engineer and the chief officer shall have a sitting room or day room adjoining their cabin.[3]

Article 6 is concerned with mess rooms.[4] It specifies square footage and the availability of a refrigerator, and facilities for hot beverages and cool water.[4]

Article 7 addresses recreation rooms.[5] It specifies that a recreation room must include a bookcase, facilitate reading and writing, if possible, be suitable for playing games.[5] It goes on to require that larger ships must have a smoking room or library set up to show films or television.[5] These larger ships are also required to have a hobby and games room.[5] It also recommends that a swimming pool be provided.[5]

Article 8 is concerned with sanitary facilities.[6] This includes the provision of washbasins, bathrooms, and bathtubs or showers.[6] It also requires that when women are employed on board a vessel that they have separate sanitary facilities.[6] Article 8 also requires that facilities for washing, drying and ironing clothes be made available.[6]

Article 9 requires that ships to which it applies provide a toilet and sink with hot and cold running water be provided in rooms near the navigation bridge and engine room.[7] It also requires a changing and locker room for engine room personnel.[7]

Article 10 requires that, with some exceptions, headroom in crew accommodation spaces may not be less than 198 cm or 6 feet 6 inches.[8]

Article 11 is concerned with lighting.[9] It requires that crew accommodation spaces be properly lighted.[9] It includes requirements for the provision of natural and artificial lights, and the provision of emergency lighting as required.[9] It also requires that a reading lamp be located at the head of each bed.[9]

Article 12 allows a certain flexibility in the rules to accommodate "crews having differing and distinctive religious and social practices."[9]


As of 2013, the convention has been ratified by 32 states. Of the ratifying states, 13 have denounced the treaty.

Country Date Notes
Australia June 11, 1992 denounced
Azerbaijan May 19, 1992
Belize July 15, 2005
Brazil April 4, 1992
Côte d'Ivoire June 19, 1972
Denmark July 10, 2003 denounced
Finland November 22, 1974 denounced
France March 24, 1972 denounced
Germany August 14, 1974
Greece September 24, 1986 denounced
Guinea May 26, 1977
Israel August 21, 1980
Italy June 23, 1981
Kyrgyzstan March 31, 1992
Latvia January 13, 2006 denounced
Lebanon June 12, 1993
Liberia August 5, 1978 denounced
Luxembourg November 30, 2005 denounced
Republic of Moldova December 12, 2005
Netherlands[10] August 1, 1985 denounced
New Zealand May 31, 1977
Nigeria June 12, 1973
Norway March 14, 1975 denounced
Poland September 10, 1975 denounced
Romania October 11, 2000
Russian Federation (as the Soviet Union) August 27, 1990 denounced by Russia
Sweden February 17, 1972 denounced
Tajikistan November 26, 1993
Turkey March 17, 2005
Ukraine August 24, 1993
United Kingdom March 26, 1981
Uruguay February 2, 1977


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 International Labour Organization, 1970, Preamble.
  2. International Labour Organization, 1970, Articles 1-4.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 International Labour Organization, 1970, Article 5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 International Labour Organization, 1970, Article 6.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 International Labour Organization, 1970, Article 7.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 International Labour Organization, 1970, Article 8.
  7. 7.0 7.1 International Labour Organization, 1970, Article 9.
  8. International Labour Organization, 1970, Article 10.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 International Labour Organization, 1970, Article 11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "ilo11" defined multiple times with different content
  10. Verdragenbank (Treaty base) Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands)

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