An international transportation union will hold an open house this weekend aboard the Global Mariner, a cargo ship that has been modified to carry graphic displays of poor working conditions in the maritime industry.
The ship, which is docked at Berth 53 in the Port of Los Angeles, belongs to the International Transport Workers' Federation, a London-based organization that represents more than 500 unions around the world.
On an 18-month tour, the Global Mariner is a seagoing educational campaign that highlights the labor and safety problems caused by substandard ships registered to flags of convenience.
The vessel's interior has been altered to allow the public into its holds and through the hull. Dramatic displays about life aboard ship are now located where goods used to be stored.