What we do

What we do day to day as a union on behalf of members is highly varied.
Everything we do is about improving the working lives of our members
The day-to-day activities of Nautilus International are highly varied, and we pursue every possible avenue to improve the working lives of our members.

Collective bargaining and representing individual members is a vital part of what we do. But as a modern, progressive union and professional body, we also seek to influence national, European and global policy-makers, to inform the public about our industry, and to ensure that the highest possible safety and training standards are in place.

Discover more about how the Union helps its members in a series of videos covering what we do.

In this section

We negotiate

We negotiate

Nautilus International negotiates on issues such as wages, leave, tour lengths, health and safety, sick pay and onboard facilities.»

We advise

We advise

There is always someone on hand to give advice to Nautilus members.»

The sea is a dangerous place to work, but wherever you go, Nautilus International is there to protect you.

We protect

The sea is a dangerous place to work, but wherever you go, Nautilus International is there to protect you.»

Nautilus works hard to protect standards in the UK, Netherlands and Switzerland

We uphold standards

Nautilus is the voice of maritime and inland waterways professionals at national, European and global standard-setting bodies. »

Achieving recognition agreements is an important part of union organising

We organise

Nautilus International is both a trade union and a professional organisation. On this page we focus on the trade union aspects. »

Nautilus International supports members to gain the skills and training they need, for Union work and their careers.

We train

Nautilus International supports members to gain the skills and training they need, for Union work and for their careers.»

We inspire

We inspire

Nautilus has a responsibility to inspire young people to take up careers as maritime professionals and boatmen. »

Project Horizon research helps our campaign to raise awareness of the effects of fatigue at sea.

We campaign

Nautilus works relentlessly to represent members' interests and highlight their concerns.»

Nautilus strives to build connections within the seafaring community

We connect

Nautilus builds connections within the seafaring and inland waterways community, and seeks to raise public awareness of the industry.»

We discount

We discount

Nautilus has negotiated a wide range of deals and discounts on goods and services for members. »

Nautilus provides assistance to seafarers or their dependants in need

We care

Nautilus has a long and proud history of caring for seafarers – serving and retired – as well as their family members. »

Saving for retirement has always been important to Nautilus members

We plan for retirement

Nautilus is involved in the oversight of seafarers' pension schemes including the MNOPF and MNOPP, and runs the Nautilus Pensions Association.»