Nautilus International is the first truly trans-boundary trade union for maritime professionals, reflecting the global nature of the industry and representing members in the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland and around the world. Nautilus members work at sea and ashore.
Sometimes we are referred to as the ‘Merchant Navy union’, but this doesn’t tell the whole story. Members include shipmasters, officers, cadets, ratings, yacht crew, VTS officers, harbourmasters, river boatmen, nautical college lecturers, maritime lawyers and even ship-based medical personnel.
Cruise ships, container ships, car carriers, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, ferries, inland waterways, super yachts, tankers, colleges, offshore wind farms.
Monthly membership fees in 2019 range from £23.75 for Officers, to £17.70 for marine ratings.
Shore staff members pay between £13.35 and £18.60.
Cadets, students and trainees pay only £25 per year.
We negotiate on issues including pay, conditions, working hours and pensions. We provide members with a range of free legal services, and provide expert advice on work-related problems such as contracts, redundancy, bullying or discrimination and non-payment of wages.
Members are also entitled to free financial protection against the loss of income if their certificate of competency is cancelled, suspended or downgraded following a formal inquiry.
Help is never far away — wherever in the world you are. We operate a 24/7 global emergency helpline and regularly visit members on ships and ashore. We have offices and representatives in the London, Wallasey, Rotterdam, Basel, France, Spain and Singapore.