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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:

  • AP Moller/Maersk/MOB

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