About the Inspectorate

The ITF has a network of around 130 Inspectors, based in ports all over the world.

ITF Inspectors are union officials who are either full time or part time working on issues concerning the ITF FOC Campaign. Many ITF Inspectors are former seafarers or dock workers.

Their job is to inspect ships calling in their ports, to ensure the seafarers have decent pay, working conditions and living conditions on board. They conduct routine inspections and also visit ships on request of the crew. If necessary they assist with actions to protect seafarers' rights as permitted by law.

All ITF Inspectors speak English as well as their own native language and - in some cases - other languages.