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


Ship Arrest and Maritime Liens

One of the most common complaints handled by seafarer organisations is unpaid or underpaid wages of seafarers. SRI has produced a series of national Guides on ship arrest for seafarers' wages, and on the related topic of the maritime lien for seafarers' wages.

Seafarers Fact File - Using Lawyers 

SRI has launched the first in a series of Fact Files created to inform seafarers about various aspects of their rights and how to deal with legal situations they may face in the course of their employment. Compiled by experts, the Seafarer Fact Files are intended to provide practical guidance on how to deal with many of the difficult situations seafarers encounter when needing the protection of the law.

The first Fact File ‘Using Lawyers’ is designed to provide practical guidance for a seafarer when he has no option but to resort to the law and needs the services of a lawyer. To view it in 11 languages (English, Burmese, Chinese, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Turkish) click here.

To accompany this Fact File, SRI has produced country-specific guides on the legal systems in 30 different countries. For more information click here.

Press Releases

SRI Welcomes MLC Amendments to Provide Greater Security for Crew

SRI Welcomes MLC Amendments to Provide Greater Security for Crew

Seafarers Rights International has welcomed the strengthening of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) to give greater protection to crew against abandonment and in cases of claims for workplace death or long-term disability. Commenting on the amendments, adopted at the first meeting of the Special
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Industry News

Maritime sector to address abandonment of seafarers and shipowners’ liability

ILO Media advisory | 04 April 2014 GENEVA – The world’s leading maritime nations and representatives of ship owners and seafarers, are to address the issues of abandonment of seafarers and the rapid settlement of claims for compensation in the case of a seafarer’s death or
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SRI In The News

Stranded Sailors Signal More Danger Than Somali Pirates 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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