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  • Verification Forms & Guidelines

    Turnaround time varies with our workload and the quality of the testimonials submitted. Generally, it takes less than 2 weeks but the process can take up to 25 working days if there are issues with your documents. It is advisable that you do not leave the completion and verification of your testimonials to the last minute, but rather ask the responsible person to sign them before you leave the yacht and verify them asap. Short checklist to avoid delays: The testimonial form should contain all necessary information, i.e. details of the yacht, legible signatory's email address, breakdown of service time (days at sea, standby, shipyard, and watchkeeping, where applicable) The testimonial form should have both start and end dates filled in and should not have dates overlapping with other testimonials The MCA definitions of sea service must be followed The testimonial cannot be self-signed Masters need to have their testimonials signed by the management company or owners To learn everything you need to know on Sea Service · DECK - TIPS on testimonials · ENGINEERS - Tips on testimonials Updated with latest MCA MSN 1904 requirements! TESTIMONIAL FORMS FOR YACHT SERVICE Deck Testimonial for Masters or Deck Officers Digital Testimonial Engineering Testimonial for Small Vessel Route Engineers Updated! Digital Testimonial Dual role Testimonial for crew signed on as Deck/Engineer role Testimonial (word) Testimonial (pdf) Chef/Cook, Interior crew, and Dual Role Testimonial Testimonial (word) Testimonial (pdf) Last Update: 29/03/2023 Verification Forms & Guidelines To Knowledge Base

  • Knowledgebase

    Webinars View all the webinars we've hosted Read more Employment contracts Learn about contracts for seafarers and use our template Read more Ship Cooks Certificate You are a Chef? Learn everything you need to know about the MCA's Ships' Cook Certificate Read more French Anchorage Regulations France has introduced new anchorage regulations (enforced in March 2021) which prevent yachts over 24m (78ft) from anchoring within areas containing protected Posidonia seagrass beds. Read more Seaman Discharge Book (SDB) and others What is a Seaman Discharge Book (SDB), how to obtain one and what makes it different Read more Verification Forms & Guidelines Learn everything you need to know about these essential forms for Deck, Engineering, Interior. (sea service testimonial, sea service record, seatime, logs, log forms, logbook, watchkeeping, miles) Read more Knowledge Base Explore the world of yachting and its regulations

  • Improving Yacht Crew Retention Conference

    Improving Yacht Crew Retention Conference To All news 15 February 2023 We are excited to share that the 2nd Annual Improving Yacht Crew Retention Conference will be held at The Westminster Hotel in Nice, France on Thursday, March 9th 2023. Following the success of its debut in 2022, this one-day event will bring together an international audience to address one of the most pressing questions in the industry: how can superyachts retain their crew? Captains, Senior Crew, Yacht Managers, Associations, Crew Managers and Agencies, Crew Training companies, Superyacht lawyers, Crew Pension Providers, Tax Specialists, and more will gather in the south of France, a hub for yachting and crew, to address the thorny issues impacting yacht crew retention. We are proud to support this event, and as a member, you can enjoy a 15% discount on your ticket by entering "PYA " in the discount box on the registration page. To find out more and register for the conference, please visit https://quaynote.com/conference/improving-yacht-crew-retention-conference-2nd-annual-conference/ . We are eagerly anticipating this conference and hope to see you there! More news Important tasks for your crew this winter It’s that time of year in the Mediterranean and other northern hemisphere yachting locations when many vessels are lined up in ports for the winter whilst a portion of their crew stay onboard to undertake the important task of ‘winterising’, as well as other key maintenance jobs which didn’t get addressed during the busy summer months of chartering. Read more Yacht Job Scams on the Rise Over the last couple of months, the 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. Read more The PYA Supports the Launch of Yacht Crew Help We have particularly been working closely with the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) who has - up until this point - provided a 24/7 helpline to all seafarers worldwide. Read more

  • Federagenti releases a new update on the Italian D Visa

    Federagenti releases a new update on the Italian D Visa To All news 2 February 2023 Federagenti, the Italian Federation of Yacht & Ship Agents, shared a new note about the D visa to inform about the current situation in Italy. The full text is available in the note, but here below you can find the main points: Italian yacht agencies have already helped hundreds of non-EU crew members in obtaining their visas The D visa can be issued by any entitled Italian Consulates/Embassy around the world (we advise you to contact your local yacht agency for confirmation on the entitled offices) The D visa allows the holder not only to stay in Italy for up to 365 days but also to spend up to 90 days every 180 days in other Schengen countries The D visa allows non-EU seafarers to remain in Italian shipyards and marinas and cruise in Italian waters with the possibility of multiple entries Seafarers arriving in Italy by sea are still to be stamped into the EU only at the moment they disembark the yacht, just like in other EU countries We recommend you always contact an Italian yacht agent before travelling to the country. They will ensure you follow the correct procedure and are on track to obtaining your D visa. If you do not already have a local agent, contact us for recommendations . Here's the full note: Thank you to Genova For Yachting for sharing the update. More news Important tasks for your crew this winter It’s that time of year in the Mediterranean and other northern hemisphere yachting locations when many vessels are lined up in ports for the winter whilst a portion of their crew stay onboard to undertake the important task of ‘winterising’, as well as other key maintenance jobs which didn’t get addressed during the busy summer months of chartering. Read more Yacht Job Scams on the Rise Over the last couple of months, the 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. Read more The PYA Supports the Launch of Yacht Crew Help We have particularly been working closely with the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) who has - up until this point - provided a 24/7 helpline to all seafarers worldwide. 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 Important tasks for your crew this winter It’s that time of year in the Mediterranean and other northern hemisphere yachting locations when many vessels are lined up in ports for the winter whilst a portion of their crew stay onboard to undertake the important task of ‘winterising’, as well as other key maintenance jobs which didn’t get addressed during the busy summer months of chartering. Read more Yacht Job Scams on the Rise Over the last couple of months, the 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. Read more The PYA Supports the Launch of Yacht Crew Help We have particularly been working closely with the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) who has - up until this point - provided a 24/7 helpline to all seafarers worldwide. Read more

  • Yacht Job Scam Alert

    Yacht Job Scam Alert To All news 16 June 2021 The PYA recently became aware of an online job scam aimed particularly at new entrants in the yachting industry. The modus operandi of the scam is to advertise what seems like enticing jobs, which then require applicants to take online courses at their own expense, with a promise of reimbursement once they take the position advertised. The markers of this operation which make it obviously a scam, include: A fancy online brochure with faulty English copy; Inconsistencies between the job title and job description (e.g. Interior roles are listed with deck or engineering duties in the description); The inclusion of ‘‘accredited’’ organisation logos, such as Lloyd’s Register or the ILO, which actually do not accredit training courses; Logos which do not link out to the organisations website when clicked on; Statements against course content such as “meets the requirements of ….”, which means that the courses are not actually recognised by the authority or institution referred to; Phone numbers which are unobtainable or never answer calls; The fact that upfront payment for employment is illegal in all reputable jurisdictions. Continuous professional development is strongly encouraged by the PYA as it enhances career prospects, safety at work from increased awareness of different facets of the industry, and as a path towards transferring to shore-based opportunities. However, we strongly advise all crew to be aware of any training courses which are not fully accredited by recognised bodies and to never part with any money, credit card numbers, bank account information, or personal details if it is a prerequisite for a job offer. The PYA offers personalised training and career advice to all our members. Therefore, should you be in doubt about a job offer or training course, do contact our team who will be able to provide further advice, information or assurance. We immediately check on any reports of apparent fraudulent schemes aimed at seafarers and are regularly sharing the details of these scams via our newsletter, website and social media. More news Important tasks for your crew this winter It’s that time of year in the Mediterranean and other northern hemisphere yachting locations when many vessels are lined up in ports for the winter whilst a portion of their crew stay onboard to undertake the important task of ‘winterising’, as well as other key maintenance jobs which didn’t get addressed during the busy summer months of chartering. Read more Yacht Job Scams on the Rise Over the last couple of months, the 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. Read more The PYA Supports the Launch of Yacht Crew Help We have particularly been working closely with the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) who has - up until this point - provided a 24/7 helpline to all seafarers worldwide. Read more

  • Installation of mooring buoys approved in Cannes, Golfe-Juan and Eze/Beaulieu

    Installation of mooring buoys approved in Cannes, Golfe-Juan and Eze/Beaulieu To All news 17 May 2022 We are pleased to announce that the decision to install mooring buoys for yachting is now being implemented. The French administration has approved 5 buoys in the bay of Eze/Beaulieu-sur-Mer, 6 in Golfe-Juan and 4 in Cannes (see link to maps below). However, at this stage, we do not know when the buoys will be available, or the procedure, duration and cost of anchorage. We will keep you informed as soon as information becomes available. Do not hesitate to contact our CEO, should you require additional information on this situation at ceo@pya.org or +33 (0)6 26 83 70 58. Download maps here. More news Important tasks for your crew this winter It’s that time of year in the Mediterranean and other northern hemisphere yachting locations when many vessels are lined up in ports for the winter whilst a portion of their crew stay onboard to undertake the important task of ‘winterising’, as well as other key maintenance jobs which didn’t get addressed during the busy summer months of chartering. Read more Yacht Job Scams on the Rise Over the last couple of months, the 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. Read more The PYA Supports the Launch of Yacht Crew Help We have particularly been working closely with the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) who has - up until this point - provided a 24/7 helpline to all seafarers worldwide. Read more

  • Know your EU Social Security Rights and Obligations

    Know your EU Social Security Rights and Obligations To All news 1 March 2022 Within the EU, Seafarers, like other EU Nationals are entitled to social protection. Those crew (who are EU nationals) working on board vessels flying the flag of an EU country, by virtue of Article 11.4 of EU Regulation 883/2004, shall be subject to be insured in the Flag State. The only exception for crew to be insured in the Member State where the employer has their business/registered office, is if he/she has their residency in the same Member State. It is important to know that, although there are various private schemes offered to yachts that, along with insurance policies, claim to provide private alternatives to a state social security scheme, none of these private solutions are approved by country bodies, such as ENIM in France. There are also significant legal consequences, both civil and criminal for yachts not complying with social security obligations. France In July 2017, France introduced a social security decree, following mandatory obligations under the MLC, requiring all seafarers resident in France, or those who spend more than 181 days in France, to pay into their social security system. The aim of these regulations is to ensure seafarers resident in France are afforded protection (whether the yacht is a pleasure or commercial vessel). During the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival, PYA Partner, Breaking The Mould Accounting, heard from local lawyers that there are still yacht owners regularly being prosecuted for hidden employment, despite the legislation being in place for 5 years. If you would like to find out more about social security protection in France, contact ENIM. Malta With exception to the above ruling, yacht crew working on vessels registered in Malta have the benefit of registering their social security in another EU member state scheme, allowing greater flexibility to those who reside elsewhere and still receive the same social protection. More information Learn more about EU Crew Employment Services, plus specific advice for social security in Malta, by contacting our partner, Alasdair Milroy, at Breaking the Mould Accounting . More news Important tasks for your crew this winter It’s that time of year in the Mediterranean and other northern hemisphere yachting locations when many vessels are lined up in ports for the winter whilst a portion of their crew stay onboard to undertake the important task of ‘winterising’, as well as other key maintenance jobs which didn’t get addressed during the busy summer months of chartering. Read more Yacht Job Scams on the Rise Over the last couple of months, the 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. Read more The PYA Supports the Launch of Yacht Crew Help We have particularly been working closely with the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) who has - up until this point - provided a 24/7 helpline to all seafarers worldwide. Read more

  • The PYA joins the CLEAR OCEAN PACT

    The PYA joins the CLEAR OCEAN PACT To All news 25 April 2019 Clear Ocean Pact isa not-for-profit initiative, driven by a single mission, to reduce the dependency on single-use plastic in the superyacht industry for the long-term benefit of our atmosphere and oceans. The PYA joins a growing community of superyacht owners, yachting organizations and businesses in encouraging their members to commit to five common goals in order to reduce their use of plastics. These goals are: To avoid any use of plastic bottled drinking water onboard. To filter and safely dispose of all washing machine microplastic waste.  To eliminate the use of all single-use plastic items with readily available alternatives, starting with the items due to be banned by the EU in 2021. (Plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks) To reduce the use of single-use plastic toiletries onboard. To actively source provisions with low single-use plastic footprint packaging. COP also works to establish partnerships with yachting businesses, sustainable companies and non-profit organisations to share information about viable alternatives, and to inspire other industries to take a similar approach to their single-use plastic consumption. The PYA is committed to promoting environmentalism and social responsibility in yachting.  Indeed, it first highlighted these important issues at its ‘Seachanges’ event in September during the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show. We are delighted to support the initiative of the Clear Ocean Pact and will encourage our members to pledge their support to allow continued enjoyment of clean and protected oceans for years to come. Launched in November 2018, Clear Ocean Pact is a not-for-profit initiative driven by a single mission to reduce the dependency on single-use plastic items in the superyacht industry for the long-term benefit of our oceans. It aims to raise awareness, explore innovative solutions to stop microplastic waste and provide viable alternatives to be used in yacht operations around the globe. Visit http://www.clearoceanpact.org/ for queries, please contact Communications Manager Kailey Nolan at info@clearoceanpact.org More news Important tasks for your crew this winter It’s that time of year in the Mediterranean and other northern hemisphere yachting locations when many vessels are lined up in ports for the winter whilst a portion of their crew stay onboard to undertake the important task of ‘winterising’, as well as other key maintenance jobs which didn’t get addressed during the busy summer months of chartering. Read more Yacht Job Scams on the Rise Over the last couple of months, the 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. Read more The PYA Supports the Launch of Yacht Crew Help We have particularly been working closely with the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) who has - up until this point - provided a 24/7 helpline to all seafarers worldwide. 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 Important tasks for your crew this winter It’s that time of year in the Mediterranean and other northern hemisphere yachting locations when many vessels are lined up in ports for the winter whilst a portion of their crew stay onboard to undertake the important task of ‘winterising’, as well as other key maintenance jobs which didn’t get addressed during the busy summer months of chartering. Read more Yacht Job Scams on the Rise Over the last couple of months, the 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. Read more The PYA Supports the Launch of Yacht Crew Help We have particularly been working closely with the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) who has - up until this point - provided a 24/7 helpline to all seafarers worldwide. Read more

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