Seafarers'Rights

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SEAFARERS' RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL

Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) is an independent centre dedicated to advancing the rights of seafarers through research, education and training in issues concerning seafarers and the law. SRI does not provide individual advice.


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“Seafarers are the lubricant without which the engine of trade would simply grind to a halt… Seafarers are the unsung heroes of an unsung industry,” said Efthimios Mitropoulos, secretary general of the International Maritime Organization.

Approximately 1.5 million seafarers daily serve on a worldwide fleet of over 100,000 ships that transport over 90% of world trade – manufactured goods, fuel, foodstuffs and commodities that we all rely on but generally take for granted.

Seafarers operate in one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. They are mobile workers and are highly vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, ill treatment and injustice.

Seafarers’ Rights International (known as SRI) is the first pan-industry initiative in the maritime sector that seeks to bring together expertise in the shipping industry and the legal world to advance the rights and legal protection of seafarers.

“The SRI is an ambitious, long-term project. If it is successful meeting its declared objectives, it could make a major contribution to enhancing seafarers’ rights worldwide and help counteract recent negative publicity deterring potential recruits that are vital to the (shipping) industry’s future.” Lloyd’s List, September 2010

SRI APP

 

Download your free copy at m.seafarersrights.org

SRI app home screen

Access information on seafarers' rights, including:

Maritime Labour Convention (MLC)
Easy to follow explanations of seafarers' rights under the MLC.

Legal problem?
Country guides on: using lawyers; arrest of ship for seafarers' wages; maritime liens for seafarers' wages; abandonment of seafarers; injuries and death claims.

Find assistance
Find assistance from union officials, welfare workers, helpline or lawyers.

We welcome your feedback on the SRI app. Please email us at legal@seafarersrights.org

 

Announcement

New SRI Annual Review!

New SRI Annual Review!

SRI has just published its latest Annual Review, containing research, opinion and thought leadership from industry experts in addition to reviewing the work SRI has carried out during the past year.

Press Releases

SRI welcomes IMO endorsement of ongoing work on fair treatment of seafarers

The Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organisation has endorsed continuing work to promote as widely as possible the application of the 2006 Guidelines on the fair treatment of seafarers in the event of a maritime accident. The decision, agreed at the 101st session of the IMO Legal
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Industry News

Day of the Seafarer 2014: #thankyouseafarers

IMO Briefing 23/2014, 25 June 2014: June 25th marks the international Day of the Seafarer, an official United Nations observance day which provides an opportunity for everyone to show their appreciation, through social media, for the world’s 1.5 million seafarers who face hardship and
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SRI In The News

Stranded Sailors Signal More Danger Than Somali Pirates

  Bloomberg.net: Jan 15, 2014  Hassan Sabrah hadn’t eaten in four days. That’s when the chief engineer of the Moldova-flagged cargo ship JSM finally snapped, according to interviews with sailors, the port manager and local residents. He picked up a rock and hit his captain on
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