Many of today’s containerships are so large that they can only berth in certain ports specially built to accommodate them. There are also smaller feeder vessels designed to take containers on ‘shortsea’ routes. But even on the large containerships, crew numbers are not particularly high, and the feeder vessels tend to stick closely to their legal minimum safe manning requirement.

There is a good chance of finding a Nautilus member onboard a containership anywhere in the world. Highly-trained British and Dutch seafarers are much sought-after in this sector, particularly in senior roles such as shipmaster and chief engineer.

Collective bargaining agreements

Nautilus has collective bargaining (recognition) agreements with the following companies in this sector. For company-specific bulletins and other documents for members, please log in to the Members area. There is more about how collective bargaining works on the We organise and We negotiate pages.

  • Doris Maritime Services
  • Maersk 
  • Wyndhams Ship Management

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