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Did you know that one in six seafarers have access to video calls and just over half have email access while at sea?

If you did, then chances are you are aware of the Nautilus Connectivity at Sea survey. The findings have been key to our strategic campaign to persuade shipping companies to give internet access to all members (and by extension all seafarers).

Statistics about the quantity, health and working conditions of seafarers are far and few between – often a reflection of 'sea-blindness'. Your participation in our specialist maritime surveys is essential to our work giving voice to the needs and wishes of our seafaring community. The surveys also inform our campaigns and Union policy, and contribute to our work with other industry bodies to ensure we are meeting members' needs.

Other topics for these surveys have included workplace bullying and harassment, seafarer criminalisation, and cadets' pay and conditions. The survey findings are reported to the Union's governing Council, or one of our national committees if appropriate. The findings are also shared with other members, the wider shipping industry, and relevant government bodies through publication in the Nautilus Telegraph or in separate reports.

In addition, we sometimes give members the opportunity to take part in maritime surveys run by external research bodies – particularly when those surveys are organised by Nautilus members.

To speak to Nautilus about collaborating on a survey, please contact the Communications department at

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The Nautilus Federation is conducting a survey of members in advance of a proposed review of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers.

This feedback will help the Nautilus Federation member unions provide the voice of seafarers into this review. The implications of any changes to STCW are huge for seafarers and maritime professionals and therefore it is vital that their voices are heard.

Input from seafarers is essential to ensure any review takes into consideration the experiences of maritime professionals who will be those most affected by any changes and, to ensure that the training regime remains fit for purpose now and in the future. So please do take the time to complete the survey and provide us with your feedback. Read more here.

• Take part in the Nautilus Federation STCW review survey

Nautilus International and HR Consulting from Spinnaker Global have joined forces once again to understand what Nautilus members believe the demand is for skilled seafarers to work ashore.

It will update the finding from the 2015 report, which revealed that maritime professionals believe the shore-based industry was failing to spot talent or develop leadership.

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