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Our union

Nautilus International is an independent, influential, global trade union and professional organisation, committed to delivering high quality, cost-effective services to members, and welfare support to necessitous seafarers, their dependants and other maritime professionals.

Who we are

Nautilus International is a trade union and professional organisation serving, supporting and protecting the interests of more than 20,000 maritime professionals in the UK, Netherlands and Switzerland.

What we do

The day-to-day activities of Nautilus International are highly varied and we pursue every possible avenue to improve the working lives of our members.

Where we work

Nautilus International has members in waterborne transport sectors all over the world – from deepsea oil tankers to river cruises.

Strategic plan

This is the Nautilus International strategic plan for 2023-2027.


The Nautilus International Rules are the legal framework by which the Union is governed.


The Nautilus International Regulations offer further explanation and guidance on the Union's Rules of governance.


Nautilus International strives to be a transparent and well governed organisation, with policies and regulations readily available to members, and to provide a high quality service to our members.

Service commitment

Our Statement of Service describes what you can expect as a member of Nautilus and the procedures to follow if you have a complaint.

Mutual respect and social networking

Nautilus International is opposed to prejudice-based discrimination, and has adopted policies on mutual respect, equal opportunities and social networking to put this commitment into practice.

Council members

The membership of the Nautilus International Council is designed to reflect the Nautilus membership base, with representatives drawn from the different member nations and from different employment backgrounds within the maritime and inland navigation sectors.

Trustee directors

In law, the assets of a trade union must be held by a trustee, and in the case of Nautilus International, this trustee is a corporate body: Nautilus Trustee Ltd.

Voice of the maritime industry

Nautilus International is the voice of maritime professionals, at sea and ashore. We have a say on all the major issues affecting our members at national, European and global levels.

Our flagship magazine - Telegraph

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