Seafarer union Nautilus International has is offering individual crewmembers up to £17,500 to put towards getting their STCW ratings. This offering, which was announced in November 2014’s edition of the Nautilus Telegraph, is part of the Slater Fund – a registered charity named after a former general secretary and administered by Nautilus International, which offers direct financial help to crewmembers looking to progress in their careers, and is now being extended to superyacht crew.



The £17,500 is available to UK members of the union who are studying to receive their Certificate of Competency (CoC). “We recently agreed to extend the scope of the scheme to include electro-technical officers [ETOs] and yacht crew, in addition to ratings,” Garry Elliott, senior national secretary and head of recruitment and membership tells The Crew Report. “I expect that very few in the yacht sector, unless they have transferred from the merchant fleet, will be aware of its existence prior to our article this month.”


"The offer of up to £17.500 is to recognise the costs that crew have to find in considering taking the first Certificate of Competency – including time off work."



The union has introduced this option to yacht crew due to the increasing number of mandatory courses, as required under the amendments to the STCW convention, including the Efficient Deck Hand (EDH), Human Element, Leadership and Management (HELM) and security training for ISPS-compliant superyachts. “The offer of up to £17.500 is to recognise the costs that crew have to find in considering taking the first Certificate of Competency – including time off work. The union introduced the scheme in 1977 to help seafarers who wanted to move their career forwards but could not do so because of the costs involved. The assistance for yacht crew is also for them to gain STCW 2010 certification,” explains Elliott.

Those who apply are also eligible for a £1,500 when they qualify and receive their CoC.
Existing Nautilus members are invited to apply for the programme; non-existing members who are interested are being asked to contact Nautilus regarding membership, following which they are invited to apply.