Worldwide, there is a good chance of finding a Nautilus member onboard a containership.
Highly-trained British and Dutch seafarers are much sought-after in this sector, particularly in senior roles such as shipmaster and chief engineer.
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.
Collective bargaining agreements
Nautilus has collective bargaining (recognition) agreements with companies in this sector including the following:
Nautilus International has a long and proud history of fighting to give maritime and inland waterways professionals the pay and conditions they deserve.
When Nautilus talks about 'organising', we mean how the Union brings people together in the workplace to negotiate and campaign as a group for better terms and conditions.
Nautilus International's members are the lifeblood of its membership. As a democratic Union, we encourage you to have your say and help us give seafarers and inland waterway workers a national and international voice.