An independent centre dedicated to advancing the rights of seafarers through research, education and training in issues concerning seafarers and the law

Shipping is one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic industries in the world today. It makes a significant contribution to the prosperity and wealth of nations. It has been said that, without ships, half of the world would freeze and the other half would starve. Approximately 1.5 million seafarers serve daily 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.

SRI is funded by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust