Nautilus UK

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Nautilus UK
NUMAST logo.png
Full name National Union of Marine, Aviation and Shipping Transport Officers
Founded 1985
Members 19,000
Affiliation TUC, ITF
Key people Mark Dickinson (general secretary)
Office location London, England
Country United Kingdom

Nautilus UK is a British trade union representing shipmasters, officers and cadets serving on merchant ships, as well as other maritime workers such as harbourmasters and marine pilots.


The union was formed in 1985 as the National Union of Marine, Aviation and Shipping Transport Officers (NUMAST) by the merger of the Radio and Electronic Officers Union (REOU) and the Mercantile Marine Services Association (MMSA) with the Merchant Navy and Airline Officers Association (MNAOA).

The union formerly included aviation personnel, such as flight navigators and flight engineers, however these members were transferred to BALPA, the airline pilots' union by 1990.

In 2006 the Union became a partner with the Dutch union Federatie van Werknemers in de Zeevaart, and on 2 October 2006 changed its name to "Nautilus UK"; at the same time FWZ became Nautilus NL. Together these unions form Nautilus International, launched on 19 May 2009.

General Secretaries[edit]

1985: Eric Nevin
1989: John Newman
1993: Brian Orrell
2010: Mark Dickinson

See also[edit]


  • Telegraph (The journal of Nautilus UK) Volume 39, Number 10, October 2006.

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