General meetings

08 October 2019 - 10 October 2019

General Meeting 2019

Venue: Hilton Hotel, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Full members: sign up now!

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The 2019 Nautilus International General Meeting (GM) is due to be held in Rotterdam in October — taking place under the banner ‘Global Industry, Global Workforce, Global Union' — and we want you to be there!

Held every four years, the General Meeting is where the future agenda of the Union is determined. It is the place where full members get the chance to determine what policies and priorities Nautilus International should pursue. And this year, the General Meeting will be a day longer to allow plenty of time to debate the future of the industry and the Union.

The GM is a conference where you can share your views on the shipping industry and the issues that directly affect you at work, network with fellow seafarers and meet influential figures from the world of shipping and beyond.

The 2019 GM will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam — with members assembling on the evening of Monday 7 October and departing on the morning of Friday 11 October.

The conference will feature a lively programme of presentations, debates, and speeches from a few leading maritime and trade union figures.

The Union is encouraging attendance from lay reps and full members, as well as potential guest speakers and exhibitors and sponsors.

Attending the GM needn’t put you out of pocket. Nautilus can provide assistance with travel and accommodation costs for up to 200 members, to ensure that the meeting is attended by a representative cross-section of full members.

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GM 2019 guest speakers

There is also a great line-up of speakers at GM 2019.

Guy Platten (left), the secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping, will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the conference.

Han Busker, the president of the Netherlands trade union confederation FNV will address the meeting on Wednesday.

On Thursday, as part of a day focusing on the longer-term vision for the Union and the industry, ITF general secretary Steve Cotton will speak, followed by Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, president of World Maritime University and 'Mother of the Maritime Labour Convention'.

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Join us at GM 2019

By decision of the Council of Nautilus International, notice is hereby given that the 2019 Nautilus International General Meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Rotterdam, from Tuesday 8 until Thursday 10 October 2019. The meeting is due to commence at 0930hrs on Tuesday and finish with a gala dinner on Thursday 10 October, with guests departing the hotel on the morning of Friday 11 October.

Members wishing to move motions at the meeting must submit them in writing, signed by at least four full members whose contributions have been paid up, to reach head office by no later than 1700hrs on Friday 5 July.
Financial assistance for travel and hotel costs may be available on application to the Union. For further information, email Adele McDonald at

Full members can sign up to attend before registration closes on 30 August.

Members: register online Download a motion form
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2019 Rules General Meeting

Notice is hereby given under Rule 28 that Council has determined that the 2019 Nautilus Rules General Meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Weena 10, Rotterdam 3012 CM, on Wednesday 9 October 2019, commencing at 1700hrs (or to follow the day’s General Meeting business).

Under Regulation 10.3 full members may submit proposals for changes. Such proposals from full members must be submitted in writing, signed by at least four full members in benefit and reach the General Secretary at Head Office by no later than 1700hrs on Friday 5 July 2019.

Rules Regulations
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Live broadcasts

We plan to broadcast live from the meeting so you will be able to follow events online via Facebook. You can even send in questions via Facebook or Twitter. Just include your name and membership number along with your question and it will be put to the most appropriate person to answer from the floor.

Lots of information and updates from the conference will be shared on our social media channels during the conference – so make sure you follow #NI_GM19 for the latest from the Union and guests at the meeting.

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Full members can have an input into the General Meeting by submitting a motion by Friday 5 July 2019. The Nautilus General Meeting is the Union’s most important policy-making forum — a conference where members can debate the developments that affect them at work and decide on the policies and priorities that Nautilus should follow to address these.

Make sure the things that matter to you are discussed at the 2019 GM in October. It is essential that the conference considers the critical issues that face the industry and the maritime professionals that work within it.
From pay and conditions to skill shortages and training, criminalisation to piracy, health and safety to shore leave, there is no shortage of subject matter!

This is your chance to help set the agenda for Nautilus over the years ahead.
Motions can be submitted by email to but must be hand signed (electronic signatures are not permitted).

If you’re not quite sure what to expect from the conference, or want to hear about some of the motions passed at the last meeting, then check out the Nautilus General Meeting 2015 Playlist on the Union’s YouTube channel, or click on the YouTube clip below.

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