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Mentors sought for City ship-to-shore job scheme

5 May 2020

Nautilus International has launched a new initiative with Maritime London to encourage seafarers who are looking to move ashore to consider moving to 'City' jobs.

Maritime London, the industry body representing maritime professional services in the UK of which Nautilus is a member, recognised the need to maintain a high level of seagoing skills in the maritime services market.

Nautilus and Maritime London will be highlighting the job opportunities that exist in the sector over the next few months, and pairing members currently working in the maritime services sector with those who may be considering a move. It was hoped this would culminate in a symposium in London in November alongside the Nautilus UK Branch conference, but this was postponed until 2021 due to the pandemic.

'Nautilus International is the trade union for maritime professionals, and this means we are there for seafarers when they first set out to sea and if they choose to move into shoreside maritime jobs,' General Secretary Mark Dickinson said. 'We want to ensure that our members have all the information they need when choosing the next step, and this includes highlighting where their seafaring skills are in high demand, or professions that need maritime skills which seafarers might not automatically think of.

'I hope that members who have already made that move will come forward to provide mentoring and guidance to seafarer-members looking to make that switch,' he added. 'It is often the personal contacts and experiences which really make a difference to someone looking to make this kind of career move.'

Jos Standerwick, chief executive of Maritime London said: 'While it is likely the current travel restrictions will have a lasting effect on how the market operates, one factor that will surely remain constant is the need for those with seafaring experience to work in the professional services when they move shore-side.

'I very much hope, The Sea to City project will ensure that seafarers who are interested in working in the professional services from shipbroking to marine insurance are equipped with the knowledge to successfully make the transition.'


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