Take part in our member survey
Nautilus uses surveys as a research tool to inform campaigns and Union policy, contribute to our work with other industry bodies, produce guidance, and ensure that we are meeting the needs of members.

The Union also supports surveys run by individual members and external organisations, where their results may impact on our members or contribute to good practice in the wider industry. To speak to Nautilus about collaborating on a survey, please contact the communications department at

The outcomes from recent Union surveys can be found in the publications section of the website. Any surveys currently running are listed below. 

Nautilus autonomous ships survey

Nautilus International is seeking members' views on the development of autonomous and ‘smart’ ships. The 18 unions belonging to the Nautilus Federation — representing almost 85,000 maritime professionals — are working together on the initiative to ensure that the voice of seafarers is heard as the debate over automation in shipping intensifies.

Veterans 'forgotten heroes' survey

  • The 'Our Forgotten War Heroes' survey is now closed.

UK Merchant Navy veterans of global conflict were urged to voice their welfare needs before the deadline of 31 August in this survey being carried out on behalf of the Nautilus Welfare Fund and Seafarers UK. The project will be reviewed and updated later in September.  

Sailors Society wellness survey

  • This survey is now closed and the responses being analysed for reporting on the health and welfare needs of seafarers globally, and the root causes of illness and injury.

The survey forms part of wider research being carried out by the charity and Yale University under the Sailors’ Society Wellness at Sea programme, which promotes onboard health and wellbeing. 

MCA wellbeing survey

  • the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and its official publisher, The Stationary Office survye has closed.

Their findings are being analysed and will be used to develop more comprehensive future guidance to employers and employees to improve wellbeing onboard ships.

Nautilus Martek maritime healthcare survey

The Union teamed up with Martek to explore the provision and effectiveness of healthcare services onboard seafaring vessels.

  • The survey is closed and the results were published in the May Telegraph 2017. 

Central Lancashire Law School ISM Code research

The University of Central Lancashire’s Law School — is conducting research into whether corporate manslaughter legislation could be used to enforce better compliance with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code.

  • this survey is now closed, and the author is collating the data ready for publishing and the results will also be published in the Telegraph. 

Nautilus diversity survey

  • Nautilus is now analysing the results of its first major survey into the diversity needs of members.

The survey, launched at the UK October 2016 branch conference, was a result of a motion to the Union’ General Meeting in October last year. It asked members whether they have suffered any bullying or harassment as a consequence of a diversity issue and whether the Union could do more to support them. 


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