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  • Professional Yachting Association | Sea Service Verification | Antibes

    Explore all the services See what else you can get by becoming a PYA member. See all the services Sea Service Verification The PYA is authorised by the MCA by MIN 543 and by Transport Malta, to verify yacht sea service and has been verifying yacht sea service for the MCA since 1994. Learn more Yacht Rating Certificate Some vessels require crew to have a Yacht Rating Certificate as part of their safe manning requirements. The PYA is authorized to issue Yacht Rating Certificates on behalf of the MCA. Learn more Career Advice The PYA encourages and mentors new entrants into professional yachting, as well as offers career advice to experienced crew. Learn more Influencer partners Start Now Start Now Start Now 7559 Collective membership as of 29/05/2024 5632 D-SRBs generated as of 28/05/2024 1276 MAS team cases as of 24/07/2023 6783 One-to-one advice & help as of 24/07/2023 Announcements What our members say "Throughout my yachting career, I have found the services of the PYA to be a fantastic "go to" resource. The support I received whilst achieving different grades of qualification was second to none." Robbie Murtagh "It's such a happy bunch running the PYA - they're friendly and welcoming!" Graham Tindall "As a 30 year yacht veteran, I have relied mostly on the idea of 'it's a who you know' industry, but as the constantly changing certification & litigation requirements become more complex, there is no doubt that the excellent service & support the PYA offers to every level of crew member makes membership an absolute must have! When my crew need support & correct advice, I always refer them to the PYA." David White "I have had only ever had positive experiences with the PYA - always helpful!" Jonathan Whitwell > > "Throughout my yachting career, I have found the services of the PYA to be a fantastic "go to" resource. The support I received whilst achieving different grades of qualification was second to none." Robbie Murtagh "It's such a happy bunch running the PYA - they're friendly and welcoming!" Graham Tindall "As a 30 year yacht veteran, I have relied mostly on the idea of 'it's a who you know' industry, but as the constantly changing certification & litigation requirements become more complex, there is no doubt that the excellent service & support the PYA offers to every level of crew member makes membership an absolute must have! When my crew need support & correct advice, I always refer them to the PYA." David White "I have had only ever had positive experiences with the PYA - always helpful!" Jonathan Whitwell "The PYA is indispensable in its representation of Superyacht crew, using feedback directly from the crew to initiate major changes in the industry. Having worked with various regulatory bodies the PYA has not only offered a career pathway for crew but raised awareness of the career as one to be recognised in the professional realm. The Crew Report continues to support the PYA in its proactive and professional approach." Lulu Trask The most important factor in my moving up the ranks has been accurately recording my sea time and courses, and being aware of changes to requirements. The PYA has been a great help to me over the years, helping me gather and compile my sea service testimonials and offering advice on crew issues/ seafarer legalities. With me from junior deckhand right through to Master 3000 - PYA thanks for your help and making my life a lot easier! Rick Dubois "Thank you very much for being here, so we do not feel alone in our problems." Robin "PYA to the rescue!! I reached out for some assistance and PYA were there for me...that's what it's all about!!! Good job team." James Clephane "I would just like to say thank you for all the help the PYA is doing for not just for us crew but for the industry too." Stefhan Le Roux "Thank you for [your advice] - that was extensive and very helpful. I am a paying member of the PYA - mostly because of how fantastically useful you are!" Thomas Blencowe "I will continue to tell my friends about the PYA. You have been a fabulous support, and I would highly recommend anyone joining the yachting industry to sign up." Sarah Leppard "Thank you for your solid advice and support, it has meant a lot to the crew and to myself. Thank you from all on M/Y xxxx, you gave us timely support where we were getting none." Tadg Clarke "I just wanted to let you know that I passed my Master 3000gt oral on Monday. Thank you very much for all your help over the years in getting to this stage. It is very much appreciated and I have been singing your praises over the years in order to encourage more seafarers to join the PYA, if nothing else, just for the assistance you provide!" Robbie Murtagh "Good service, professional, friendly. Bravo!" Max O'Shea "Thank you so much for the advice today - it has settled my concerns. I am thrilled with the service at the PYA!" Travis Cross "I have successfully passed my stability exam and even received my NoE. Thank you very much for helping me out with all the paperwork for the NoE application, it was much easier to do it with your assistance." Ilya Kravtsov Industry news The MCA & Red Ensign Group recognise Maltese Yacht-Restricted Certificates of Competence A few months ago, the PYA announced that the MCA would start recognising Maltese Yacht-restricted CoCs. Some of our members contacted the MCA without receiving any concrete information. We have reached out to the MCA several times and finally received the following statement: Read more PYA CEO to Moderate “Environment and Sustainability” Panel at Superyacht Conference in Monaco on 27 June Christophe Bourillon, the CEO of the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) will be moderating a panel on “Environment and Sustainability” at the upcoming NextGen Owner: Managing Tomorrow's Superyacht conference, to be held in Monaco on 27th June 2024. The event will bring together industry leaders and experts to discuss the future of superyacht ownership. Read more Kickstart Your Yachting Career: Next Generation in Yachting Forum on May 3rd, 2024 This is the first forum ever created for the next generation of yacht crew. Representatives from top recruitment agencies and other yacht professionals, will be joining to answer your questions and guide you on your yachting journey. Read more Interested in more articles? Check out news section Run by yachting professionals, for yachting professionals. Join the PYA and get all the benefits! Become a member The Professional Yachting Association The Voice of professional yacht crew worldwide. Run by yachting professionals, for yachting professionals since 1991. New to yachting? Become a member

  • Acquera Yachting

    Acquera Yachting focuses exclusively on providing comprehensive yacht agency services to superyachts across the entire Med and Middle East regions. From being a distinctive agent to providing premium provisioning and dedicated experiences, we set a new standard of excellence by being your trusted crew ashore. Our strength lies in our global local presence with direct offices with a coverage in Gibraltar, Spain & the Balearics, France & Monaco, Italy (both coasts and islands), Malta, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece (including Cyprus), Turkey, Egypt, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Bahrein. We are committed to providing high quality support with cohesive operational and administrative processes through our new digital platform, AcqueraPro. It provides transparent and instant assistance and information in real time, accelerating onboard operations and bureaucracy, while providing an extensive collection of experiences. Our commitment to innovation, education, and social responsibility sets us apart as a dedicated bridge between clients, territories, and the yachting excellence. Services itinerary planning berth reservations harbour master clearance cruising, customs & immigration procedures freight handling & logistics courier service food & beverages provisions catering flowers supply and arrangements bunkering and duty-free bunkering emergency repairs & technical assistance cash to master (where applicable) medical assistance laundry service travel agency hotel & restaurant reservations exclusive excursions private tours events organization helicopter and jet rental concerts shopping on-board entertainment spa and beauty treatments entertainment for kids taxi & car reservation – exclusive rent a car, transportations Contact Information A: Santa Marta, Fabbricato 17, 30123 Venice (Italy) T: +39 0412712549 E: caterina.oliviero@acquera.com or venice@acquera.com W: acquerayachting.com Acquera Yachting Acquera Yachting focuses exclusively on providing comprehensive yacht agency services to superyachts in the entire Med and Middle East. With its considerable database of suppliers and local professionals, it can offer an exhaustive and comprehensive assistance to all customers throughout the various regions. From the smallest vessels to the largest yachts, AY makes available the same high-quality service and assistance, using a longstanding network of resources, suppliers and partnerships which enable the agency to provide 24/7 full assistance to crew and guests. Visit website Back to All Partners Discounts on agency fees for PYA members. Please quote your PYA memberhip number and expiry date when contacting the Agent. Become a member and enjoy the exclusive offers from our partners. Become a member

  • Mentoring in Yachting - A Peculiar Challenge?

    ​ Mentoring in Yachting - A Peculiar Challenge? To All news 27 April 2021 So if you ever find yourself in a difficult situation, maybe what you need is a confidante whose personal situation is wholly unrelated to you and what you do. To those of you who read my 'Myth-Busting HELM' article, this looks a step further into how masters and their HODs might deal with a disturbingly thorny issue; the unwelcome question that is both awkward and multifaceted. One, you neither want nor like it and would much prefer a quieter life; two, what value and hideous risks, for example, might arise by invoking the ‘company’ DPA already burdened with innumerable conflicts of interest. And three, you’re flummoxed – damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Welcome to command. Who do you turn to? Read the full story More news The MCA & Red Ensign Group recognise Maltese Yacht-Restricted Certificates of Competence A few months ago, the PYA announced that the MCA would start recognising Maltese Yacht-restricted CoCs. Some of our members contacted the MCA without receiving any concrete information. We have reached out to the MCA several times and finally received the following statement: Read more PYA CEO to Moderate “Environment and Sustainability” Panel at Superyacht Conference in Monaco on 27 June Christophe Bourillon, the CEO of the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) will be moderating a panel on “Environment and Sustainability” at the upcoming NextGen Owner: Managing Tomorrow's Superyacht conference, to be held in Monaco on 27th June 2024. The event will bring together industry leaders and experts to discuss the future of superyacht ownership. Read more Kickstart Your Yachting Career: Next Generation in Yachting Forum on May 3rd, 2024 This is the first forum ever created for the next generation of yacht crew. Representatives from top recruitment agencies and other yacht professionals, will be joining to answer your questions and guide you on your yachting journey. Read more

  • Is the ISPS Code still suitable for yacht crew safety?

    ​ Is the ISPS Code still suitable for yacht crew safety? To All news 27 December 2023 PYA Board Director Captain Rod Hatch writes this opinion piece regarding the ISPS Code’s current relevance in relation to the safety of yacht crew. Safety Management Systems developed with reference to the ISPS Code are not up to the task of providing yacht crew with protection from threats of increasingly aggressive tactics by environmental activists. This applies to potential physical harm which could result from attempting to confront or deter activist actions, and also to potential legal jeopardy arising from physical contact with activists. The PYA was recently contacted about this issue by The Nautical Institute (NI) and CHIRP (Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme). The NI focus is on marina security. This is reasonably well covered in marinas which are ISPS compliant, but only from landward attacks, as emphasized in the Onboard Online article. CHIRP sees a change in public perception across the maritime luxury sector, including cruise ships. They advocate sector-wide security protocols to address the risks which are not covered by the ISPS Code (such as from environmentalist activism). They also asked if there is any relevant form of ISPS Code ready for implementation, which there is not. Anecdotally, one security company contacted about this issue reported that when the subject of such activism crops up during Shipboard Security Officer training, then in general crew attitudes are that activists should be met hands-on, which in fact would produce a disastrous outcome. There is a serious gap in crew preparedness which needs to be plugged here. It appears that captains have no clear directives regarding how they and their crew should respond, both during an incident and then during its negative PR aftermath. The NI and CHIRP are keen to open discussion with the PYA about how to address the twin issues of (i) yachting’s negative image with the wider public, following the oligarch debacle early in 2023, and (ii) the environmentalists’ campaign to “ban superyachts”. We look forward to having our colleagues at Italian Yachtmasters (IYM), Hellenic Yachtmasters’ Club (HYMC), and Groupement des equipages professionels du yachting (GEPY) with us during the discussions with the NI and CHIRP. A further factor has very recently made it clear that the ISPS Code has stagnated to the point whereby it is partly the Irrelevant Ship and Port Facility Security Code. Defensive measures such as armed guards and creating an onboard citadel, which were relevant and effective when high seas piracy was a daily threat in some areas, are of reduced usefulness in the present situation in the Red Sea. The Houthi group based in North Yemen has used drones and ballistic missiles to attack 12 ships in the Red Sea and adjacent waters in the past month. Only dedicated defensive equipment on warships can detect and counter such attacks. A targeted commercial vessel would receive little or no warning of such an attack, and anyway would have no defensive capability. There would be no time to shoot, and no time to retire to a citadel. Any realistic defence can only come at inter-governmental level with deployment of military assets. This week, on 18th December the formation of a joint naval task force was announced. In response, on the 19th December the Houthis announced their capacity and intent to deliver attacks every 12 hours against shipping. This is all hot news, but outside of shipping circles the general public is so far not stirred up about rockets being fired at bulk carriers or container ships. To the Houthis, yachts may look like small fry, not worth the expenditure of ammunition. But if the connection were to be made about the propaganda value of the destruction of such a despised symbol of plutocrat wealth as a superyacht, then for an indeterminate period it would be game over for a link between Mediterranean yachting and any place East of Suez. The yachting industry has the resources to deal with its image problem, and to take corrective action in all areas where it is open to valid criticism on environmental grounds (Part 1: SuperyachtNews - Unmanaged risk ; Part 2: Unmanaged risk ). Effective implementation will require a time frame of several years. In the interim, the PYA and its partner groups representing crew interests will be active in formulating guidelines for crew in handling environmental protests, in conjunction with other industry bodies. Regarding the new form of maritime threat affecting the Red Sea, we shall provide regular advisories through our contacts with flag states and involved maritime security companies. It is actually very unlikely that any yacht owners would send their vessel on a Red Sea transit at the moment. Calls to maritime insurers, and reports from on-board security providers, indicate: (i) many yacht owners have cancelled their plans to proceed East of Suez for this winter: (ii) a rise in insurance rates is anticipated for those who wish to make the transit: and (iii) notwithstanding its current news dominance, Houthi terrorism has not supplanted piracy as the major risk to shipping in the Red Sea and adjacent waters, but has piled another serious risk on top. This article was first published on OnboardOnline on the 13th December, 2023. More news The MCA & Red Ensign Group recognise Maltese Yacht-Restricted Certificates of Competence A few months ago, the PYA announced that the MCA would start recognising Maltese Yacht-restricted CoCs. Some of our members contacted the MCA without receiving any concrete information. We have reached out to the MCA several times and finally received the following statement: Read more PYA CEO to Moderate “Environment and Sustainability” Panel at Superyacht Conference in Monaco on 27 June Christophe Bourillon, the CEO of the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) will be moderating a panel on “Environment and Sustainability” at the upcoming NextGen Owner: Managing Tomorrow's Superyacht conference, to be held in Monaco on 27th June 2024. The event will bring together industry leaders and experts to discuss the future of superyacht ownership. Read more Kickstart Your Yachting Career: Next Generation in Yachting Forum on May 3rd, 2024 This is the first forum ever created for the next generation of yacht crew. Representatives from top recruitment agencies and other yacht professionals, will be joining to answer your questions and guide you on your yachting journey. Read more

  • Crewdentials

    Crewdentials help crew stay organised throughout their career, setting that great first impression with a structured and professional profile. Crew can sign up for a free account to store, manage and share their career documentation and certification with their chosen connections. Update all connections easily and quickly, from one place. By promoting collaboration between stakeholders, and utilising technology to automate complex or time consuming tasks, the Crewdentials platform helps businesses stay compliant and frees up valuable time. Crewdentials Crewdentials help crew stay organised throughout their career, setting that great first impression with a structured and professional profile. Visit website Back to All Partners ​ Become a member and enjoy the exclusive offers from our partners. Become a member

  • Yacht Job Scams on the Rise

    ​ Yacht Job Scams on the Rise To All news 26 November 2020 Over the last couple of months, t he PYA's Member Assistance Service (MAS) has received a number of reports from crew who have been approached by scammers offering false jobs onboard yachts. Along with these direct reports, there has also been a number of incidents reported via the Yacht Crew Facebook Groups. The motive of these scams is not clear, however, the PYA would like to warn crew that these scams might put them at an increased risk of individuals wanting to commit crimes of human trafficking, identity fraud or sexual assault. We have provided the details of some of these reports below and put together a survey to gather more information on the prevalence of job scams in the industry. Take our short survey now What has been reported in 2020? Majority of the scams reported involve female yacht crew. Report 1 - False job onboard We previously released the following report which gave the details of a job scam where a female crew member was recruited for a Stewardess position and asked to board a private plane to join the yacht. In addition to this individual, we received another report where the same scammer tried to recruit a female Chef under the same circumstances. Report 2 - Sexual assault during a video interview We received reports that young inexperienced Stewardesses had fallen victim to a false job scam. After applying to a Stewardess position in France advertised on social media, a number of girls were interviewed via a video call by an individual posing as the 'Captain' and asked to let their hair down and put on their bikinis during the interview. One reported incident included '8 hours of interview ing in 3 sessions, being asked to mess up her hair for him and get undressed'. Here is a visual of the original job post which appeared on social media: Report 3 - Inappropriate photos requested for interview Recently, it was reported via the yachting social media groups that another young girl had applied for a job online and had been asked for photos of herself in her underwear by the interviewer. 'A young girl who applied for a position on social media was asked to send photos of herself in her underwear, as this is how the industry works, according to the company. Luckily she took some advice and was told absolutely NOT. If ever in doubt when applying for positions pls pls pls ask someone. Trust your gut, not all you see Is as it seems. There are some rotten apples out there.' Here is the visual of the original job advert below: Report a job scam If you have been the victim of a job scam and need advice or support, please report your incident to our team via info@pya.org and we can put you in touch with the best support services. More news The MCA & Red Ensign Group recognise Maltese Yacht-Restricted Certificates of Competence A few months ago, the PYA announced that the MCA would start recognising Maltese Yacht-restricted CoCs. Some of our members contacted the MCA without receiving any concrete information. We have reached out to the MCA several times and finally received the following statement: Read more PYA CEO to Moderate “Environment and Sustainability” Panel at Superyacht Conference in Monaco on 27 June Christophe Bourillon, the CEO of the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) will be moderating a panel on “Environment and Sustainability” at the upcoming NextGen Owner: Managing Tomorrow's Superyacht conference, to be held in Monaco on 27th June 2024. The event will bring together industry leaders and experts to discuss the future of superyacht ownership. Read more Kickstart Your Yachting Career: Next Generation in Yachting Forum on May 3rd, 2024 This is the first forum ever created for the next generation of yacht crew. Representatives from top recruitment agencies and other yacht professionals, will be joining to answer your questions and guide you on your yachting journey. Read more

  • PYA Crew Contracts Survey Report 2020

    ​ PYA Crew Contracts Survey Report 2020 To All news 8 October 2020 In 2019, the PYA was approached by more than 135 members of crew requesting urgent advice from the PYA Members’ Assistance Team, with numbers increasing in 2020. Many of the issues were contract-related or due to the crew member not having a contract at all, particularly those working on private yachts. Due to the prevalence of these issues, we decided to conduct a survey and ask crew a range of questions to get a better understanding of how widespread the problems are within the industry, the types of contracts being issued, the quality of those contracts and the conditions under which they had been provided. Having no contract at all, or only an inadequate one, can result in misunderstandings on both sides. Sometimes crew don’t know what is expected of them or in some cases may end up being treated unfairly by their employers. The PYA’s aim is to promote the use of fair and equitable contracts which are adhered to, thus ensuring protection for both parties. Look at the results of the Crew Contract Survey: Crew Contracts Survey - EN .pdf Download PDF • 4.50MB More news The MCA & Red Ensign Group recognise Maltese Yacht-Restricted Certificates of Competence A few months ago, the PYA announced that the MCA would start recognising Maltese Yacht-restricted CoCs. Some of our members contacted the MCA without receiving any concrete information. We have reached out to the MCA several times and finally received the following statement: Read more PYA CEO to Moderate “Environment and Sustainability” Panel at Superyacht Conference in Monaco on 27 June Christophe Bourillon, the CEO of the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) will be moderating a panel on “Environment and Sustainability” at the upcoming NextGen Owner: Managing Tomorrow's Superyacht conference, to be held in Monaco on 27th June 2024. The event will bring together industry leaders and experts to discuss the future of superyacht ownership. Read more Kickstart Your Yachting Career: Next Generation in Yachting Forum on May 3rd, 2024 This is the first forum ever created for the next generation of yacht crew. Representatives from top recruitment agencies and other yacht professionals, will be joining to answer your questions and guide you on your yachting journey. Read more

  • RYA certificates now valid for Spanish registered vessels

    ​ RYA certificates now valid for Spanish registered vessels To All news 16 June 2021 Since the UK left the EU on 31 December 2020, it has officially been listed as a ‘third country’ by the EU. This has resulted in some RYA certificates no longer being recognised by the Spanish Government for use on Spanish flagged boats, as this UK certification was seen as coming from outside the EU. Following persistent and coordinated consultations by the RYA through the UK Government with Spain’s General Directorate for Merchant Marine (DGMM), they have received confirmation that its International Certificates of Competence (ICC) and several of its course completion certificates and other Certificates of Competence remain valid for skippering Spanish flagged boats. The British titles now valid for sailing in Spain are as follows: RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence; RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence; RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence; RYA Day Skipper; RYA Powerboat Level 2; RYA International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC). For full details, visit the RYA website. Article source: wwww.rya.org.uk More news The MCA & Red Ensign Group recognise Maltese Yacht-Restricted Certificates of Competence A few months ago, the PYA announced that the MCA would start recognising Maltese Yacht-restricted CoCs. Some of our members contacted the MCA without receiving any concrete information. We have reached out to the MCA several times and finally received the following statement: Read more PYA CEO to Moderate “Environment and Sustainability” Panel at Superyacht Conference in Monaco on 27 June Christophe Bourillon, the CEO of the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) will be moderating a panel on “Environment and Sustainability” at the upcoming NextGen Owner: Managing Tomorrow's Superyacht conference, to be held in Monaco on 27th June 2024. The event will bring together industry leaders and experts to discuss the future of superyacht ownership. Read more Kickstart Your Yachting Career: Next Generation in Yachting Forum on May 3rd, 2024 This is the first forum ever created for the next generation of yacht crew. Representatives from top recruitment agencies and other yacht professionals, will be joining to answer your questions and guide you on your yachting journey. Read more

  • Comparing Crew Culture - Large Vs Small Yachts

    ​ Comparing Crew Culture - Large Vs Small Yachts To All news 27 May 2021 What’s not in doubt, however, is the importance of teamwork for it is this foundation upon which the happiness and satisfaction levels on board depend. Team building is a specialty at Crew-Glue, and founder Sara Ballinger believes that a strongly bonded and cohesive crew is a vital building block for an enduring and successful onboard culture. “Self-awareness, respect, trust and the ability to flex to meet the cultural, thought and communication preferences of others is hugely important,” says Sara. “The same applies to small and large yachts but you concentrate on the whole crew on a smaller yacht instead of your own team and those you work closely with on larger yachts.” Continue reading... More news The MCA & Red Ensign Group recognise Maltese Yacht-Restricted Certificates of Competence A few months ago, the PYA announced that the MCA would start recognising Maltese Yacht-restricted CoCs. Some of our members contacted the MCA without receiving any concrete information. We have reached out to the MCA several times and finally received the following statement: Read more PYA CEO to Moderate “Environment and Sustainability” Panel at Superyacht Conference in Monaco on 27 June Christophe Bourillon, the CEO of the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) will be moderating a panel on “Environment and Sustainability” at the upcoming NextGen Owner: Managing Tomorrow's Superyacht conference, to be held in Monaco on 27th June 2024. The event will bring together industry leaders and experts to discuss the future of superyacht ownership. Read more Kickstart Your Yachting Career: Next Generation in Yachting Forum on May 3rd, 2024 This is the first forum ever created for the next generation of yacht crew. Representatives from top recruitment agencies and other yacht professionals, will be joining to answer your questions and guide you on your yachting journey. Read more

  • Safe water onboard – the importance of the Fresh Water Safety Plan

    ​ Safe water onboard – the importance of the Fresh Water Safety Plan To All news 22 May 2023 The MLC holds tight regulations relating to freshwater loading and fresh water produced on board, including supply, disinfection and storage arrangements, distribution systems and maintenance. It is aimed at ensuring high-quality drinking water onboard ships to protect crew, guests and owners from waterborne health risks. Yachts and marine vessels must provide an adequate supply of safe water for drinking, personal hygiene, washing, preparing food, supplying recreational water facilities such as pools and spas, fire control systems, steam production, dishwashers, laundry, deck washing and toilets. The most effective means of consistently safeguarding the potable water supply is through the use of a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management approach, known as the Water Safety Plan (WSP). The WHO Guide to Ship Sanitation, 2011 advises that a WSP is an effective overarching management approach to assure the safety of the drinking-water supply. The aim is very simple, to make sure that the fresh water on board does not pose risks to health in either use or consumption, and is of sufficient quality to satisfy both those who use it and the requirements of the current rules, regulations and guidelines. The WHO Guide to Ship Sanitation advises that there are 3 components to a WSP: System Assessments (including a description of the supply system up to the point of consumption) Operational Monitoring (including identification and monitoring of the control measures applied on board the vessel) Management and communication (including verification and programs to manage people and processes). To establish the WSP a water technician and the engineer onboard will work together to establish what equipment is onboard (water makers, softeners, sterilization systems, filtration systems), assess the equipment condition (maintenance plans, regular replacement of consumables etc), ensure there is no potential redundant pipework or deadlegs, and prepare a detailed plan of maintenance and accountability for the crew to follow. This will also identify critical equipment that should be repaired or installed, with emphasis on sterilization equipment. Bacterial water analysis should be carried out on a regular basis to establish any potential bacterial infections (Legionella, Pseudomonas, Coliforms including E. coli, Enterococci) allowing them to be treated before they become established within the freshwater system. A minimum of 2 analysis per year is required for the ship’s sanitation certificate, however 4 analysis per year does provide a clearer overview of any potential problems and allows for remediable action to be taken, reducing the risk of biofilm buildup. Legionella infections cause the highest health burden of all waterborne pathogens in the EU. In 2022, Hydrus Laboratory, which work closely with Octo Marine, processed 1716 legionella samples. An average of 56% of the samples came back positive for legionella, and of this percentage an average of 24% samples showed levels of legionella above the legal limit of 1000 cfu/l. In some instances, this problematic result had serious impacts, not only with the potential health hazards for those onboard, but also delaying the sale of vessels and cancelling charters, the vessel being unfit to receive guests onboard or scaring potential buyers. This can easily be avoided with a carefully managed WSP. Assess, analyze, sterilize, and filter so you can use and drink in confidence, compliance, and comfort. The Octo Marine WSP is designed to enable yachts to conform with MLC2006, WHO, IWA, IHR, ILO, IMO, USEPA, European Council Directive 98/83/EC and MCA guidelines and regulations. Accredited to ISO 9001 and 14001 standards we prioritize professional integrity, client confidentiality and customer satisfaction. More news The MCA & Red Ensign Group recognise Maltese Yacht-Restricted Certificates of Competence A few months ago, the PYA announced that the MCA would start recognising Maltese Yacht-restricted CoCs. Some of our members contacted the MCA without receiving any concrete information. We have reached out to the MCA several times and finally received the following statement: Read more PYA CEO to Moderate “Environment and Sustainability” Panel at Superyacht Conference in Monaco on 27 June Christophe Bourillon, the CEO of the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) will be moderating a panel on “Environment and Sustainability” at the upcoming NextGen Owner: Managing Tomorrow's Superyacht conference, to be held in Monaco on 27th June 2024. The event will bring together industry leaders and experts to discuss the future of superyacht ownership. Read more Kickstart Your Yachting Career: Next Generation in Yachting Forum on May 3rd, 2024 This is the first forum ever created for the next generation of yacht crew. Representatives from top recruitment agencies and other yacht professionals, will be joining to answer your questions and guide you on your yachting journey. Read more

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