We protect

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

Our industry can be a dangerous place, and members face all sorts of potential problems as part of their work. But wherever you go, Nautilus International is there to protect you with a unique range of specialist services and support

Jump down to: Worldwide legal service | Compensation | Maritime incidents | Employment tribunals | Time limits | Keep in benefit

Certificate protection

Nautilus membership provides you with free financial protection in the event of your certificate being cancelled, suspended or downgraded following a formal inquiry. If you have been involved in an accident, contact the Union immediately for advice and support before being interviewed by the police or other investigation authorities.

Worldwide legal service

Criminalisation of the maritime profession is a big issue. Nautilus provides a global network of lawyers in more than 50 countries who can provide free and expert advice when members need it most. The Union is there when trouble strikes, and has given vital support to members facing criminal charges ranging from manslaughter to breaching the collision prevention regulations.


Although the shipping and inland navigation industry has improved its safety record, workers afloat still suffer much higher work-related death and injury rates than those ashore. Every year, Nautilus International helps to recover large sums in compensation for members who have suffered injuries or ill health as a result of their work. The Union will help to secure compensation for members affected by such conditions as asbestosis, pleural plaques, hearing loss, and other problems which can be shown to be employment-related.  

Nautilus also maintains a register of members who believe they may have been exposed to asbestos during their career. This can assist in the event of a claim having to be pursued against a number of employers.

Maritime incidents

Nautilus can provide vital advice and assistance for members involved in maritime accidents and incidents. The Union can arrange representation during interviews with investigation authorities, police and other organisations, as well as at subsequent official inquiries. And we can deliver worldwide support to members encountering employment-related problems such as non-payment of wages.

Employment tribunals

Taking a case to an employment tribunal can be costly. For Nautilus members the fee can be covered if the Union supports your case, which is decided on the basis of whether there are reasonable grounds for success.

Time limits

Members are advised to contact the Union at the earliest opportunity if they have any sort of employment problem. In some personal injury cases, claims can be subject to legal time limits, and need to be made within a strictly defined time frame following an accident or a diagnosis of a work-related injury or illness. The Union’s legal experts are well aware of these time limits and can advise members on their options for taking action.

Keep in benefit

Members are strongly advised to ensure that their Nautilus subscriptions are paid up, to avoid any risk of losing the protection that the Union provides to its full members.

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Nautilus International's General Meetings are usually held every four years.

If you are a maritime professional, we are the specialist trade union and professional organisation for you.

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