The Seafarers International Union (SIU)(AFL-CIO)

Website: The Seafarers International Union (AFL-CIO)

The Seafarers International Union, Atlantic, Gulf, Lakes and Inland Waters, AFL-CIO, represents professional United States merchant mariners sailing aboard U.S.-flag vessels in the deep sea, Great Lakes and inland trades. Today, the SIU is the largest North American union representing merchant mariners. It is a dynamic, politically active organization dedicated to protecting the membership’s job security by constantly staying a step ahead of the ever-changing needs of the industry.

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)

Website: International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is a truly global organisation. It is a federation of around 700 transport trade unions in some 150 countries, representing over 4.5 million workers. The ITF represents transport workers at world level and promotes their interests. It is committed to building strong trade unionism and to defending human and trade union rights.

Maritime Trades Department

Website: Maritime Trades Department (MTD)

The Maritime Trades Department (MTD) is a constitutionally mandated department of the AFL-CIO. Since its inception, it has given workers employed in the maritime industry and its allied trades a voice in shaping national policy. The MTD’s network of 21 port maritime councils has given maritime workers a strong grass roots presence in port and coastal cities all across the nation.

Maritime Trades Department

Download .PDF 112 Pages Document: Maritime Labour Convention 2006

Website: International Labour Organization (ILO)
Basic facts on the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 – (“MLC, 2006”) establishes minimum working and living standards for all seafarers working on ships flying the flags of ratifying countries. It’s also an essential step forward in ensuring a level-playing field for countries and shipowners who, until now, have paid the price of being undercut by those who operate substandard ships.

Transport Canada - Marine Division

Website: Transport Canada – Marine Division

Transport Canada – Marine Division promotes efficient marine transportation and safe, secure and sustainable marine practices; oversees marine infrastructure; regulates the safe transportation of dangerous goods by water; and helps protect the marine environment.

Save Our Seafarers

Website: Save Our Seafarers

Save Our Seafarers Campaign: The success of the entire global economy rests on unhindered and efficient sea transportation. is an international, not-for-profit, anti-piracy campaign which was launched in March 2011 by a group of five influential maritime associations. In the past year, the number of maritime associations, trade unions and P&I insurers supporting the campaign has risen to thirty-three; the largest number of maritime organizations ever to unite behind a single cause.

Day of The The Seafarer - International Marine Organization (IMO)

Website: Day of The The Seafarer (IMO)

Day of The Seafarer Campaign Background: In 2010, the Diplomatic Conference met in Manila to adopt milestone revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention) and its associated Code, also agreed that the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole, should be marked annually with a ‘Day of the Seafarer’. The date chosen was 25 June, the day on which the amendments were formally adopted.