Shore Leave

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 More...
  • 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 crewmember 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. More...

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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...

UK Conference on the Health and Welfare of Seafarers February 14, 2014

What role does the past play in providing services to benefit the world’s mariners today? SCI Archivist Johnathan Thayer made the connection at a conference on seafarers’ welfare in Hull, England... More...

Seafarers’ 2013 Restrictions to Shore Leave in the US July 16, 2013

A 2013 survey conducted by SCI reveals why some seafarers cannot access shore leave while in the United States.

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America Has a Chance for Positive Change January 30, 2013

As US senators and President Obama seek to enact immigration reform this year, they also stand in a position to make some important decisions regarding seafarers.

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2012 Survey Reveals Limited Access to Shore July 18, 2012

Reports from SCI’s 2012 Shore Leave Survey show a continued need for convenient seafarers’ access to shore leave.

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Speaking Out for Shore Leave January 11, 2012

Headlines of a shore leave access denial of US mariners in a Brazilian port brought attention to the restrictive policies limiting seafarers’ ability to disembark while working abroad. SCI’s... More...

SCI Publishes 2011 Shore Leave Survey Results June 30, 2011

The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) just released the results from its tenth annual survey of seafarers’ shore leave detentions and restrictions. This year’s survey drew on data recorded during... More...