Nautilus Federation Joint Assistance and Support Network

The Nautilus Federation flagship service to support seafarers is the Joint Assistance and Support Network (JASON). A collaboration between affiliate unions to provide support to seafarers facing criminalisation with the aim of ensuring that they receive fair treatment in accordance with the relevant IMO/ILO Guidelines

Scarcely a week goes by without news of another vessel being detained somewhere in the world following an incident or an accident at sea or in port. And when the authorities investigate these cases, it is often the seafarers, officers and ratings, who are in the firing line whether at fault or not.

In an international industry where many companies hide behind brass plate operations or flags of convenience, seafarers can be tempting targets for the authorities seeking to find someone to blame.

In the face of growing criminalisation of the maritime profession, the Federation has been at the forefront of efforts to prevent seafarers from being treated as scapegoats.

The development and eventual adoption in 2006 of IMO/ILO Guidelines on Fair Treatment of Seafarers in the Event of a Maritime Accident was intended to prevent seafarers from being singled out after maritime accidents and to ensure that they receive fair treatment from the authorities. However, the adoption of these guidelines is not sufficient to ensure that seafarers are not victimised.

The Federation has therefore established an international support and assistance network to enhance the available support for our respective members.

In addition to this, the Federation has produced a 'Guide to Fair Treatment' detailing what maritime professionals can expect in terms of support and assistance if they are unfortunate enough to be involved in a maritime incident.

Alongside this is the Nautilus Federation 'Fair Treatment Checklist' for maritime professionals to use to quickly remind themselves about their rights and how they can get advice and assistance if they become involved in a maritime incident.