Law & Advocacy

For four days at the end of October in Dubai, SCI participated in discussions addressing maritime piracy at sea in 2014. More...
  • Piracy in West Africa October 7, 2014 Piracy off the coast of West Africa presents new dangers to seafarers and shipping companies. Overcoming the challenges posed by these threats requires a concerted, collaborative effort across More...
  • Piracy: Not a Thing of the Past September 16, 2014 Think Somali piracy is a thing of the past? That “past” haunts thousands of seafarers today; but the reports from individual seafarers mostly go unnoticed, as some shipowners leave seafarers high and More...

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The Sinking of the SS Marine Electric September 8, 2014

Retired mariner Gene Kelly shares his harrowing story of surviving the sinking of one of maritime history’s most notorious ships.

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Discovering a Complex World August 8, 2014

Center for Seafarers’ Rights Intern Mark Vessio writes how his experience at SCI helped him see firsthand how the law affects various sectors of the maritime industry.

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Seafarers and the Thirteenth Amendment July 29, 2014

The 1897 Supreme Court case Robertson v. Baldwin inspired a national movement to bring regulation of the merchant marine into the modern era, led by a reform contingent that included SCI.

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2014 Seafarer Shore Leave Survey July 28, 2014

With MLC, 2006 in force, one might hope to see a reduction in the number of seafarers without visas; yet, recent data collected by SCI shows that not only are shipowners failing to pay for... More...

US: Tell Your Representative to Look Out for Seafarers July 14, 2014

SCI urges citizens to write to members of the US House of Representatives to tell them seafarers deserve landing passes that make sense for real-world seafaring.

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A Word for Seafarers from Captain Phillips June 19, 2014

Trinity Wall Street has produced a video of Captain Richard Phillips who has some advice for seafarers affected by piracy.

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New Guidelines Help Seafarers Applying for US Visas June 2, 2014

Seafarers’ most frequently asked questions have to do with shore leave in the United States; consequently, the Seamen’s Church Institute has developed online guides to help foreign seafarers... More...