The first ITF inspector was appointed in 1971 and today there is a network of more than 140 Inspectors and Contacts, based in over 120 ports in 57 countries worldwide.
ITF Inspectors are union officials who are engaged full time working on the objectives and issues relating to the ITF Flags of Convenience (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, and to police ITF agreements on board to ensure compliance.
Each year they conduct more than 10,000 inspections as a routine procedure or at the request of the crew. All ITF Inspectors speak English as well as their own native language and - in some cases - other languages.
To find your nearest inspector click Look Up or alternatively download the free ITF Seafarers app available from the Google Play Store and Apple Store.