|Date of adoption||May 13, 1958|
|Date in force||February 19, 1961|
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It was established in 1958, with the preamble stating:
Having decided upon the adoption of certain proposals with regard to the reciprocal or international recognition of seafarers' national identity cards,...
The convention was subsequently revised in 2003 by Convention C185 Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003
As of 2013, the convention had been ratified by 64 states. Seven of the ratifying states have automatically denounced the convention by their subsequent acceptance of conventions that trigger denunciation.