Specialist vessels

Specialist vessel

Seafarers do not all work on vessels transporting freight or passengers. There are also many specialist vessels engaged in activities such as seabed surveying, oceanographic research, maintenance of navigational lights, berthing support (tugs), sail training, cable-laying and heavylift operations.

Most of the Nautilus members employed on specialist vessels work around the UK and Netherlands, but for some, their duties take them much further afield – even to the North and South Poles. The size and crew complement of specialist vessels vary greatly, but none will match the size of the largest cargoships or passengerships.

On specialist vessels, the most likely personnel to be members of Nautilus are shipmasters and ship’s officers (navigation, engineering and electro-technical). Some crew members engaged in technical operations such as cable-laying will also be members of the Union.

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.

  • Anglo Eastern Alliance
  • Bibby - Coastels
  • Briggs Marine
  • British Antarctic Survey (BAS)
  • Foreland Shipping
  • Greenpeace
  • Marine Scotland Compliance
  • Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd (PNTL)
  • P&O Maritime
  • RV Corystes (Serco Marine)
  • Stichting Greenpeace Council
  • Shetlands Islands Council - Sullom Voe Pilots
  • SMIT
  • Svitzer 
  • Trinity House

Join us

Join us

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

Why join? Join now!