International Partners

The maritime industry personifies the globalization phenomenon. Today, it is not uncommon for ships transiting in ports to sail under the flag of one country while being manned by officers from a second country and crewmembers from another country.

To meet the needs and concerns of seafarers in this multi-cultural environment, United Seamen’s Service has partnered with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), ITF Seafarers’ Trust, the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), All Japan Seamen’s Union (AJSU), and the International Bargaining Forum (IBF).

This year, USS was able to partner and strengthen the transportation and welfare service for seafarers in the Port of Yokohama, with a grant of $24,885 from the ITF Seafarers Trust which allowed USS Yokohama to purchase a van to transport visiting seafarers and the IBF provided an operations grant of $80,000 for the support of USS Yokohama’s programs and services.