Taking a Look Around?

Here you will find a series of grouped-together links to pages on the ITF Seafarers website that offer a basic introduction to some of the key areas of interest for seafarers today. Together, these should give you an overview of the site.

If you prefer, you can access the content through the navigation menu on the left of the page, or via the topic tabs across the top of the page.

If you are looking for something specific, and can’t find it here, try our other quick link pages on the right or contact us here.

General information

Facts and figures

  • “Inside the issues” – your first port of call for information about problems, issues and topics that affect you
  • Look Up a Ship tool – find out if your ship has an ITF agreement and if there have been employment-related problems on board
  • FOCs – flags of convenience, definition, list of countries, etc
  • FOC Campaign – what the ITF is doing about FOCs
  • Studies & reports – in-depth studies relating to various issues affecting seafarers


  • Your rights – including details of what rights you have, tips on what to do before you board and advice on what you can do to defend your rights

Have your say

  • Quick poll – cast your opinion on issues that affect you and see what others think from any page on the site


For reference

  • Glossary – ITF, trade union and maritime terminology and acronyms explained
  • Port city guides – find out about the port you are visiting, including practical information


Contact details