On the 25th of November 1991 on the premises of the Ministry of Merchant Marine in Moscow, a union constituent conference was held. Representatives of seafarers working at the largest shipping companies of the country the Seafarers Union of Russia. This  event opened a new page in the history of the independent trade Union movement.

 The SUR became a legal successor to the USSR Inter-republic union of seafarers. The first version of the SUR Constitution was adopted at the conference. Mr. Victor Nekrasov became the first SUR chairman (president).

Nowadays SUR organizes about 77,000 seafarers. Since 1993 the SUR is an affiliated member of the International Transport Workers Federation. The SUR has its offices in all maritime regions of Russia. Five ITF inspectors work in the organization. The SUR has a centralized legal service. More than 400 vessels are covered by collective agreements approved by the ITF topday.

The SUR is represented in the following international Maritime organizations:

ITF Executive Board

ITF Executive Board

ITF Fair Practices Committee

ITF Fair Practices Committee Steering Group

ITF Agreements Vetting Group

EFT Maritime Transport Section

ITF Cruise Ships Task force

ITF Offshore Task Force Group


ITF Seafarers Section

ITF Inland Navigation Section

ITF Fisheries Section


ETF Baltic Committee

 Asian Seafarers Summit

ITF negotiating Team at the IBF