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Cayman Islands Flag Makes Waves: New Law Protects Yacht Crew

14 March 2024

The Cayman Islands, a popular registry for luxury yachts, has taken a big step towards crew welfare with a brand new law. The Cayman Islands Ship Registry (CISR) now requires written contracts for all crew members on Cayman-flagged yachts, including private vessels. This is a major first in the yachting industry and sets a strong example for better working conditions at sea.

What Changed?

Many crew members, especially on smaller yachts, don't have formal employment contracts. This can lead to confusion and disagreements about pay, work hours, and other important aspects of their jobs.

Now, with a written contract in place, everyone is on the same page. The contract clearly outlines the crew member's rights and responsibilities, along with the yacht owner's obligations. This helps to ensure fair treatment and a more professional work environment for all.

What This Means for Yacht Owners and Crew

If you own a Cayman-flagged yacht, you'll need to have a written contract for each crew member. The CISR will be checking for compliance during surveys, and failing to provide a contract could be considered a violation of maritime law.

For crew members, this new regulation is a positive development. It guarantees a clear understanding of their employment terms and provides essential protections.

How You Can Get Help

The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) supports yacht crew members in navigating this change. Here are some resources we offer:

The PYA is here to answer any questions you may have about crew employment contracts. Feel free to contact us at for further assistance.

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