North Sea from ERRV. Photo: Adam Todryk

The offshore industry is engaged in oil and gas extraction, and increasingly in electricity generation from wind turbines. A seafarer’s involvement in this work is usually as a crew member on a support vessel or an emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) – also known as a standby vessel.

Seafarers may also work on vessels employed in undersea cable-laying, dive support, construction support and anchor handling. Nautilus members are employed in this sector all around the world, but there is a strong concentration of members in the North Sea.

In the offshore sector, Nautilus members can be found in a wide variety of ranks and roles. As with most other sectors, the most likely personnel to be members of the Union are shipmasters and ship’s officers (navigation, engineering and electro-technical). Other members include ratings and offshore specialists such as dynamic positioning (DP) operators, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operators and cable engineers.

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.

  • ABC Maritime
  • Agercy
  • Bibby
  • Braveheart Shipping
  • BW Gas
  • DeepOcean
  • Entier Manning Services
  • Farstad
  • Global Marine
  • Gulf Offshore
  • Havila Marine (Guernsey)
  • Heerema Fleet Personnel (HFP)
  • Maersk Esvagt UK
  • Ocean Supply Cyprus
  • Offshore Catering
  • P&O Maritime
  • Seacor (Boston Putford)
  • Seahorse Maritime
  • Smit
  • Svitzer
  • Swire Pacific - North Sea
  • Subsea 7
  • Technip 
  • Vroon Offshore Services

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