The ITF Seafarers’ Trust are the sole funders of Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI), an independent centre dedicated to advancing the rights of seafarers and fishers through research, education and training in issues concerning seafarers and the law.
Areas of research include abandonment, seafarers and criminal law, death and injuries at sea, fishers and plunderers, flag state responsibilities, piracy, refuges and migrants at sea, ship arrest, and wages.
One of SRI’s key commitments is to education and training, including young professionals. In pursuit of this SRI has conducted a series of seminars and internship programmes. Programmes are also underway for education of seafarers around the world, as well as for lawyers and others who assist seafarers.
Key to SRI’s dissemination of research and learning is the SRI Legal Database. This is a database containing useful information on seafarers’ rights at both international and national levels. Within the database contains content on international regulations, legislation of nation states as it applies to seafarers, case law, examples of seafarers’ contracts, academic advice and opinions, journal articles and newspaper cuttings on subjects relevant to seafarers.
“The SRI Legal Database is a tangible demonstration of the commitment of SRI to provide legal support to the political, industrial, campaigning and lobbying agenda working for the promotion, protection and enforcement of seafarers’ rights. We hope the contents of the Database will raise awareness on issues of seafarers’ laws, rights and remedies generally in the maritime industry and beyond.” Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, SRI