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 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. A global shortfall in merchant navy officers has been predicted while around a third of current serving officers in Europe are due to retire in the next 10 years.
Emerging and new sectors such as off shore windfarms and superyachts will continue to mature, and the impact of further automation may lead to job opportunities in yet undefined areas.
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 do not have enough financial provision, and many develop long term conditions which limit their independence, including dementia.
Nautilus is focussed and clear about the need to address these changes and adapt to meet the future needs of maritime and shipping professionals. Over the next 10 years Nautilus will make a step change in the services and benefits provided to members and the organising activities undertaken.
In 2009 Nautilus International was launched to be a cross-boundary trade union and professional organisation for maritime and shipping professionals. In the next 10 years the Union will demonstrate the benefit of being One Union in a Global Industry.
Nautilus will be stronger locally, regionally and internationally.
Nautilus International will strive to be the trade union and professional organisation that maritime and shipping professionals are proud to be a part of, which is regarded as essential to join for all entering the industry and all the sectors the Union organises in.