The National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) is the leading Seafarers Union in the country. The NUSI in co-operation with the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) set up a Welfare Trust called NUSI/ ITF Trust. The objectives of the trust are:
- Welfare activities for the benefit of the Indian seafarers and their families.
- Establish Academies, Hospitals, Senior Seafarers Sanatorium and Holiday Homes.
- To support colleges, schools, community centres where there are large concentration of seafarers residing, for construction of new facilities. Support other public charitable trusts which are focussed on seafarers welfare.
- Financially support deserving Indian citizens on a case to case basis for medical and other assistance.
The trust is governed by Seven Honorary Trustees, of which two are prominent individuals representing foreign ship owners and others are nominated by NUSI.
Day to day affairs of the Trust are looked after an administrator and his team headquarters in Mumbai.