The sixth UK branch conference was held at the Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel in Willerby, just five miles from Hull — the city of culture for 2017 — on Tuesday 3 October. The formal part of the day began at 10:00hrs, and was reserved for full members only. It included discussions on the UK branch activities report and any motions submitted by members.
Resolutions adopted at the conference will be available after conference on the Branch conference page. Motions for debate and decision at the conference needed to have the support of four Full members and be submitted to the Nautilus head office by 17:00hrs on Friday 1 September. Branch conference documentation was also available in the Members area UK branch conference documentation page.
The drive towards autonomous shipping is speeding up — with Rolls-Royce and Svitzer having recently staged what is claimed to be the first successful demonstration of a remotely operated commercial vessel operation.
Against this background, Nautilus members were given the opportunity to discuss the many important issues surrounding autonomous shipping at a symposium following the UK branch conference in October 2017.
A special panel of industry experts were on hand to discuss technological developments and the impact of these on seafarers during the seminar on automation in shipping, which was open to invitees from across the maritime sector. Members were able to register online before the conference for the symposium.
The check-in for the conference and the seminar opened from 09:15 on 3 October, and members were able to secure their place in advance using a simple electronic registration process. A limited amount of financial assistance is available for those UK-based Full members wishing to attend conferences and who otherwise would not be able to make the journey. This will be allocated across the various categories of membership to ensure appropriate representation for each category of membership of the Union. Members should apply for financial assistance during the registration process — before the advertised deadlines for conferences.
The UK national committee was particularly keen to ensure a good turn-out from members in the northeast of the UK, and also encouraged young and female members to attend. Meetings of the Nautilus Young Maritime Professionals and Women’s Forums were held on the morning of Monday 2 October, and members attending those meetings were able to stay for free to attend the branch conference on the following day.
Members should login to the UK branch documentation page closer to a conference to find information about the conference events app and other conference documentation.
For further information, contact Adele McDonald at Nautilus head office — tel: +44 (0)20 8989 6677 or email: [email protected].