The easiest way to record Sea Service, approved by the MCA and Transport for Malta
When trying to obtain a certificate of competency or progress your career, the biggest problem yacht crew have is to accurately prove their time spent at sea. As the size of the industry increases, it has become essential for the authorities and employers to place more thorough checks on recorded sea service to avoid false information slipping through the net.
One of the services the PYA offers members, and non-members too, is the verification of sea time on behalf of the MCA (all RED Group Flag Authorities) and Transport for Malta. Using our ISO Quality Management system, we meticulously check that the information on the crew member's sea service testimonials is correct (both retrospective and present sea time). For PYA members, this is then stamped into the approved Service Record Book along with your certificates. This can then be submitted to the authority without the need for additional documentation.
For non-members (read below), sea service testimonials can be verified on a pay-as-you-go basis, however the PYA Service Record Book is issued to members only.
Gone are the days when you could submit unverified sea service to the MCA for your Notice of Eligibility (NoE) or Certificate of Competency (CoC). The MCA announced in 2016 that as from 1st January 2017, any sea service that is submitted to them without having been previously verified will result in significant delays to applications. This has now been formalised by the introduction of MIN 543, which officially came into effect in May 2017.
The PYA has been authorised to verify sea service on behalf of the MCA for 25 years and Transport for Malta (Jan 2013), and adheres to the strict audit procedures required. No other verifying organisation has this track record. We strive to complete the average verification process within 25 working days unless you submit a large amount of back dated testimonials. It is recommended to update your SRB with current sea service at least annually as this will make applications for a Notice of Eligibility faster.
The PYA's Sea Service Verification process is essential for anyone wishing to progress their career in yachting so becoming a PYA Member whilst undertaking training and examination is a no brainer! For senior seafarers, since the Manilla Convention of STCW, revalidation of your CoC requires sea service to be fully verified.....so why leave?
Click here to read the terms of the PYA's Sea Service Verification process.
Download Sea Service Testimonial Templates here.
Click here to download templates for your sea service testimonials.
Click here to use the digital version of the sea service testimonial.
Not a PYA Member?
If you are not a PYA member, we can still help you with your sea service. We can verify individual testimonials on a pay-as-you-go basis for you to present to the MCA. When signing-up choose the 'non-member with sea service verification only' option.
As from 1st January 2017, the MCA has strongly recommended that all sea service is verified before you send it to them. So even if you don't want to enjoy all the other benefits of PYA membership, the association is still able to help you.