ITF Blue Card

ITF Blue card :

All FOC vessels covered by an ITF-accepted agreement are issued an ITF Blue Certificate by the ITF Secretariat, which signifies the ITF's acceptance of the wages and working conditions on board.

The following 34 countries have been declared FOCs by the ITF's Fair Practices Committee (a joint committee of ITF seafarers' and dockers' unions), which runs the ITF campaign against FOCs:

Antigua and Barbuda

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Bermuda (UK)

Bolivia

Burma

Cambodia

Cayman Islands

Comoros

Cyprus

Equatorial Guinea

Faroe Islands (FAS)

French International Ship Register (FIS)

German International Ship Register (GIS)

Georgia

Gibraltar (UK)

honduras

Jamaica

Lebanon

Liberia

Malta

Marshall Islands (USA)

Mauritius

Moldova

Mongolia

Netherland Antilles

North Corea

Panama

Sao Tome and Principe

St Vincent

Sri Lanka

Tonga

Vanuatu

Local Seamen Union (SOMU) is nowadays demanding the presentation of the mentioned ITF Blue Card Certificate at all ports where towage is compulsory or where and when tugs are required for towing or refloating operations (eventual equivalents are not accepted), as a condition to allow tugs crew proceed with the assistance. In case vessel does not have the required certificate, no tug service will be provided or in the best of the cases will delay the service for 6/12/24 hours depending on related circumstances. The selection of affected FOCs may vary at the different ports and also change throughout the time, depending on occasion and locally established working atmosphere. Therefore due advice from the agent is recommended when fixing any candidate flying the listed flags.