The maritime industry has always been global, driving world trade – and maritime transport will remain central to the global economy in the years ahead. However, it is predicted that the next 10 years will see massive change in the maritime and inland waterways transport sectors.
The industry is in transition towards 'net zero' to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonise. New technologies and automation are constantly evolving. The parameters for all these changes are not fixed but constantly moving.
Global targets for decarbonisation and reduction in greenhouse gases will impact on our members in the maritime industry. A Just Transition to 'net zero' for maritime professionals is essential to ensure that our members continue to have a future.
A changing industry will require new job requirements and different skills and
The digital revolution promises to change how ships are operated and how they are experienced by their crews.
Automation could lead to lower crewing levels but an increase in the demand for shoreside workers with seagoing experience. It is crucial that they still see relevance in the support of a strong professional trade union as they make that transition.
A global shortfall in seagoing maritime professionals has been predicted, while around a third of current serving officers in Europe are set to retire in the next few years.
Recent hardship for seafarers in times of pandemic and war have made visible
the need to close protection gaps in our international conventions.
Jobs security and employment opportunities have always been challenging in a global market. Social dumping and unfair competition, especially in Europe, indicate a clear and present danger to decent work. We must continue to organise in defence of our members’ jobs and career prospects.
Sectors such as offshore renewables and large yachts will continue to mature, and the impact of further automation may lead to job opportunities in as yet undefined areas. New opportunities do exist for our maritime professionals, but we must ensure these opportunities support good quality, sustainable jobs.
Societal views on trade union membership are changing and trade unions must respond and connect with the trade union members of the future. The maritime industry is not immune to these pressures. Nautilus may think it knows what young maritime professionals need and want from a union – for example, do they want protection or are they looking for support and encouragement in career development? Nautilus needs to know. The Union needs to adapt.
Retired seafarers are living longer but many increasingly lack financial security, and several develop long term conditions which limit their independence, including dementia. Nautilus International is focussed and clear about the need to address these changes and adapt to meet the future needs of maritime and shipping professionals.
Nautilus is a leading actor in working towards a Just Transition. We want environmental and technological transition to go hand in hand with good jobs for the future for our members. We want their jobs of the future to be decent, safe, workable, attractive and inclusive.
Nautilus will continue to enhance the services and benefits we provide to our members and the organising activities that we undertake.
In 2009 we launched Nautilus International to be a truly crossboundary trade union and professional organisation for maritime professionals. In the next 10 years we will continue to benefit from being One Union in a global industry. Nautilus will be stronger nationally, regionally and internationally.
Nautilus International will strive to be the trade union and professional organisation that maritime and shipping professionals are proud to be part of, which is regarded as essential to join for all entering the industry and all the sectors the Union organises in.