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  • OnboardOnline Ltd.

    The editorial is industry-led, from people in the job writing on what they know best. Our aim is to bring the various strands of the yachting industry together onto one platform, and to facilitate dialogue in both directions. This is the only interactive site where you can talk directly to peers as well as suppliers to the yachting industry; ask questions and get answers. So, if you have something to say, or if you agree or disagree with something you've read, please get involved. You can post comments or start discussions in the forum or, better still, you can write for us! OnboardOnline Ltd. OnboardOnline.com is a comprehensive news and information site for yacht crew worldwide. Visit website Back to All Partners ​ 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

  • Expersea Yacht Management

    Yacht Captains Nick Sevier and Charlie Bettell formed Expersea Yacht Management based in Antibes in the South of France in response to the specific needs of a group of superyacht owners who felt their requirements were being overlooked. With over 30 years of yachting experience between them they have since led the company to provide a range of luxury yacht services including Charter, Management and Brokerage. Services YACHT MANAGEMENT: Yacht Finance Administration, Technical Support, Insurance Services, Crew Management, Services Safety Management (SMS) YACHT CENTRAL AGENT CHARTER & SALES Contact information office@expersea.com 0033(0)492931743 Expersea Yacht Management Yacht Captains Nick Sevier and Charlie Bettell formed Expersea Yacht Management based in Antibes in the South of France in response to the specific needs of a group of superyacht owners who felt their requirements were being overlooked. Visit website Back to All Partners ​ Become a member and enjoy the exclusive offers from our partners. Become a member

  • Sea Personal

    The Sea Personal group of companies is engaged in the selection and training of personnel for VIP yachts. This is a job in the "Luxury" segment. Over the past 10 years, Russian business leaders have purchased more than 150 superyachts from 30 meters long, which are based on the Cote d'Azur of France (the cities of Nice, Antibes, Cannes, St. Tropez), the Principality of Monaco, Spain (the cities of Barcelona, Las Palmas, Palma de Mallorca). Also, super-yachts are based in Russia: Sochi, Novorossiysk, St. Petersburg. Out of 101 giga yachts in the world, 18 yachts are owned by Russian businessmen, 16 yachts are owned by businessmen from the United States, and Saudi Arabia is in third place with 10 giga yachts, according to Boats international publication. According to Forbes, giga yachts owned by two Russians have already entered the top ten largest in the world. This is the Eclipse of businessman Roman Abramovich and Ocean Victory, Chairman of the Board of Directors of OJSC "Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works" Viktor Rashnikov. On such yachts, the crew is up to 80 people, of which only about 30 stewards. Thanks to the contracts concluded with crewing companies in Russia, France, Caribbean countries, “Sea Personal" has reached the global level. We invite you to join the team of professionals! Services Yacht crew training Yacht crew recruitment Consulting services for the applicant Consulting services for the employer Practice on a VIP yacht Contact information Info@seapersonal.com +370 (664) 25715 Sea Personal The company MB "Sea personals" is engaged in the recruitment and training of personnel for yachts. Our company also provides consulting for other crew members and helps in recruitment. We are the main expert in yachting in Baltic states: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia. Visit website Back to All Partners ​ Become a member and enjoy the exclusive offers from our partners. Become a member

  • French Anchorage Regulations

    Posidonia - sometimes referred to as the lung of the ocean - plays a vital role in the production of oxygen and purification of our ocean. Unfortunately, Posidonia is incredibly fragile and anchoring in the Posidonia seabed can cause significant destruction which could take up to one thousand years to restore. The maritime authorities recognise the positive economic impact of the yachting industry on the Mediterranean coasts, as well as the efforts of yachting professionals to protect the environment. They will, therefore, encourage the creation of organised buoy fields and moorings with public as well as private funding. These facilities will be under the responsibility of land-based authorities and local communities. Key facts Anchorage regulations are applicable to yachts over 24m (78ft); Infringement of the new regulations could result in fines of up to €150,000 and also possible banishment of the vessel from French waters. The Captain is ultimately responsible; All restricted zones are clearly indicated within the maps (below), which are a part of the new decrees issued by the Maritime Prefecture; The maritime authorities are attempting to speed up the update of the new charts published by SHOM; It is also understood that messages regarding the anchoring rules will be broadcast through CROSSMED, in both French and in English; All restricted areas will be displayed on the Donia app; In case of adverse weather, the authorities have confirmed that safety and security will take precedence. Vessels that may take shelter in forbidden zones (Posidonia meadows) but may be required to provide justification for their decision; The authorities have indicated that, in future regulation, they will adopt a limitation of mooring time to 72 hours. This will not apply to yachts in routine operation, with crew on board, but rather to vessels left without supervision and presenting a risk of stranding. To enable this management of mooring times, the Maritime Prefecture has agreed to establish a list of yachts (24-45m) benefiting from an implicit renewal every 72 hours, for the whole season. Infringement Unlike the Spanish or Italian authorities, France elected to sanction the position of the vessel itself. This can lead to serious consequences as yachts in breach of these regulations can be fined up to 150,000€ and receive a possible ban from French waters, whereas the environmental infraction is ''only" a hundred euros. In addition, several of the means to be used to establish potential offenses, such as human observation from aircraft, boats or land-based platforms can lead to arbitrary decisions. Read our news article on the infringement of these regulations during the summer season of 2021. Read our news article on how to avoid infringement. Latest news May 2024 update: release of the latest regulation applicable to vessels longer than 45 meters, wishing to anchor or stop in the French Mediterranean. As indicated by the maritime authorities, "this new regulation does not provide major changes but a few modifications on some anchoring zones". To make absolutely sure that you will be anchoring in the right area, we strongly encourage captains to speak to the relevant sémaphore (radio station) on Channel 16 or better still - on the phone - asking them to confirm that you are in the right area. All sémaphore's conversations are recorded and, just in case, it could be relevant for the captain to record the conversation as well. A list of all semaphores , with their area coverage, telephone numbers and email addresses are provided on Annex 1, page 9 of the regulation. The following information is also provided in this regulation: Annex II and III (pages 10, 11): Information to provide to the sémaphore when seeking anchoring or Dynamic Positioning authorisation. Annex IV (pages 12-13): List of regulations (Arrêtés) relevant to anchoring for vessels of 24 meters + Annex V: (pages 14-47): list of mandatory anchoring areas (with charts) Anchorage maps To view the maps released by the maritime prefecture, click below. Decree 159/2016 : Côte Bleue Marine, Martigue, Sausset-les-Pins, Carry-le-Rouet Decree 204/2020 : Cap Ferrat, Cap Martin Decree 205/2020 : Pointe de l’Aiguille, Embouchure fleuve Var, Golfe de la Napoule, Golfe Juan Decree 245/2020 : Point Fauconnière, Cap Cépet, Baie de Bandol Decree 246/2020 : Cap Carqueiranne, Cap Bénat, Golfe de Giens, La Badine Decree 247/2020 : Cap Bénat, Pointe de Bonne-Terrasse, Baise de Briande, Baie de Bon-Porté Decree 248/2020 : Cap Pinet, Pointe de Saint-Aygulf, Saint Tropez, Plage des Cigales, Plage de la Nartelle, Plage de la Gaillarde Decree 249/2020 : Saint-Raphaël, Pointe de l’Aiguille Decree 020/2021 : Hérault, Cap d’Agde, Frontignan, Palavas-les-Flots Decree 095/2021 : Haute-Corse, Plage de Saleccia, Plage du Loto, Centuri, Barcaggio, Erbalunga Decree 099/2021 : Baie de la Ciotat, Baie de Cassis, Baie de Lecques Decree 101/2021 : Baie de Cassis, Plage de Bestouan, Plage de la Grande Mer, Cal. De Port Miou Decree 197/2022 : Port d'Argelès-sur-Mer, Cap Béar, Cap d'Osne, Port de Banyuls, Cap l'Abeille, Cap Cerbère (Cervera), Port-Vendres, Collioure Decree 319/2022 : Est-Corse, Port de Bastia, Sud Bastia, Lucciana-Venzolasca, Golfe de Porto-Vecchio Decree 168/2023 : Western Corsica Decree 189/2023 : Bay of Calvi Decree 087/2024 : Bay of Pampelonne Decree 156/2024 : Réserve naturelle des Bouches de Bonifacio, Les Moines – Ventilègne, Bonifacio-Pertusato, Sant’Amanza-Lavezzi, Porto-Vecchio – Santa Giulia, Baie de Figari, Golfe de Ventilegne, Secteur de la Madonetta, Secteur de l’Escalier du roi d’Aragon, Île Piana, Punta de Sperone, Îles Lavezzi, Cala di Grecu, Golfe de Sant’Amanza Decree 157/2024 : Modifications on some anchoring zones Nav & Co app In addition to your normal means of navigations to seek anchorage areas, do use the cellphone application "Nav & Co" (download link below). This is the official application produced by the French maritime authorities and it is constantly updated with new regulations as they are adopted. Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.navco&hl=fr IOS https://apps.apple.com/fr/app/nav-co/id1642742060 ‎ Additional resources Yachting Pages hosts several articles here: https://www.yachting-pages.com/articles/french-anchoring-regulations-posidonia For further information, please visit the website of the Préfecture Maritime de la Mediterranée : https://www.premar-mediterranee.gouv.fr . Last update: 12/06/2024 French Anchorage Regulations To Knowledge Base

  • MaritimeMT

    The MaritimeMT state-of-the-art-facilities houses three training academies: Merchant Shipping Academy Super Yacht Academy Small Craft Academy MaritimeMT is DNV Certified and accredited as a maritime training centre by the Malta Flag Registry Authority, to deliver courses as per STCW Convention and industry requirements. Contact information MaritimeMT HHF041A Qasam Industrijali, Hal Far, B’Bugia Malta BBG 3000 https://goo.gl/maps/c8aPxqro5682 Email: info@maritimemt.edu.mt Phone: +356 2123 9170 MaritimeMT Through continuous strategic partnerships and investment, the three academies offer a holistic career path for the professional development of seafarers and shore-based personnel. Visit website Back to All Partners ​ Become a member and enjoy the exclusive offers from our partners. Become a member

  • Blockchain - Coming soon to a certificate near you?

    ​ Blockchain - Coming soon to a certificate near you? To All news 11 April 2021 Nearly 5 years ago, the IMO issued guidelines to all its member states aimed at introducing Electronic Certificates to the maritime industry. The aim was to reduce the administrative burdens caused by reliance on traditional paper certificates. e-Certificates are intended to eventually replace paper certificates across the industry. Even 5 years ago there were questions about the security of digital certificates. Paper certificates have always been somewhat susceptible to falsification in one way or another. Over the years these risks had been managed down to a level that the industry and our regulators were willing to accept. The security challenge for e-Certificates was, and is still, twofold. The first was to ensure that any e-Certificate replacing an existing paper certificate provided at least the same level of security as the old paper certificate and, quite frankly, this was always relatively easy to see happening. The second challenge is to future-proof the e-Certificate system to make it truly transformational. The key to the security of e-Certificates is the concept of trust. How can we trust that an e-Certificate is authentic, is what it says it is and has not been altered in any way? There are several approaches to this – most of us have come across Digital Signatures on digital documents or attached to emails. Indeed, the PYA has already started issuing a Digital Service Record Book secured by a Digital Signature and this has been approved by the United Kingdom’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). For context, it should be pointed out that this is a long way from a simple picture of a written signature added to a document – Digital Signatures are complex algorithms that are unique to the original document. Some of us will have heard of the term Blockchain, most probably in connection with Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum etc., that use the technology to secure the records at their core. Cryptocurrencies are just a very tiny subset of Blockchain technology and, although we might have a view about the speculative nature of cryptocurrency, the undeniable fact is that the records in the Blockchain can be trusted. Trust is the key to how they work. The simplest way to look at Blockchain is as software with special features to distribute data in a trusted manner. To do this, Blockchain fundamentally addresses the issue of provisioning trust in a process between parties, even parties that may be completely unknown to each other and/or non-trusted by the other. It is this trust in a process that differentiates it from Digital Signatures and similar approaches. It is also the key to making e-Certificates transformational. At the heart of any Blockchain implementation are the concepts of a Distributed Network, Immutable Records and Transparency. A distributed network – one where each point on the network has multiple paths to every other point on the network – is incredibly resilient. Copies of the entire Blockchain are kept at multiple points in the network and, by design, the Blockchain is Immutable (Nothing can be changed). Finally, transparency is built-in as many users (or sometimes, all) can see what is happening in real-time. In the maritime world, Blockchain use cases that are already commonplace include Container Documents (TradeLens), and Marine Insurance (Insurwave). Over a billion transactions monthly are being done via these platforms! Blockchain solutions are now being introduced for processes as diverse as Ship Registration, Port Clearances, Crew Certification and even MARPOL. All these processes share complex steps with multiple inputs from many authorities and other stakeholders. Blockchain works best in collaborative settings, even between parties who are not normally collaborators or who might even be completely unknown to each other, and the emphasis on trust in a process makes it an ideal glue to bind the entire process together – in real-time and in an automated way. Blockchain-enabled E-Certificates are dynamically generated in real-time by connecting to authentic data sources. Every data field of the certificate is verified from its original source. The benefits are instantaneous Fraud Detection, the highest level of data security, Regulatory Compliance and Data Privacy (GDPR Compliance can be built-in). For seafarers, a Blockchained Crew Certification process that is as automated as possible, and which is at least as secure as the current process is an attractive proposition. The Philippines is very close to going live with such a system “N-CAP” that combines inputs from Training Providers, Medical Examiners and National Authorities, checks that all is correct and issues the necessary certificates. The Seafarer has everything on an App on a smartphone or similar device. A Blockchain implementation of the Port Clearance process reduces the administrative burden on Ship’s Officers at what is usually a hectic and stressful time. A pilot scheme “N-MAP” has been completed in two Spanish ports and a full rollout is imminent in both as well as in a number of other Spanish ports. The Spanish authorities are also carrying out a pilot study of a Blockchained MARPOL reporting process whilst Denmark and Singapore both are working on pilot implementations of the Ship Registration process. In summary, Blockchain offers the potential of a step change across the industry. The PYA will continue to watch closely as the various pilot schemes develop towards fruition. Captain Stephen Thomas is a PYA Council Member and a member of the Advisory Board of Navozyme, who are active in the field of maritime implementation of Blockchain solutions. https://navozyme.com 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

  • BWA Yachting

    BWA Yachting is a worldwide yachting services provider established to support captains, managers and crew. We aim to make their lives easier, assisting with the increasing demands of managing a modern superyacht. Our global office network stretches throughout the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, The Caribbean and the Americas, providing a unique and seamless experience, wherever our clients are cruising. BWA Yachting can assist with a broad range of services from planning a complicated, multi-country itinerary to just a single port call. We can cover everything from clearance procedures to berthing reservations, bunkering, provisioning, itinerary advice, logistics, technical assistance, travel arrangements, and many more. With central and local points of reference, a ground breaking system developed in-house, that provides streamlined business workflows amongst our offices and enables seamless intercountry communication of your preferences, we plan to save you time and a whole lot of hassle. We consider ourselves to be a people company - we prefer relationships to transactions, friendships over deals and building trusted partnerships with our clients from the very first meeting. We are a dedicated yachting service provider; we don’t manage, sell or charter superyachts. We strive to deliver smart, reliable, transparent solutions to superyachts. Our offices will provide expert local knowledge in each port customising each client’s approach, looking after your entire trip; from pre-arrival and arrival to departure formalities, drawing upon the insight and capabilities that come from our unique global presence. Essentially, We speak your language. Services Arrival & Departure formalities Berth bookings in the most exclusive ports Berthing application assistance for major events (Monaco Grand Prix, Cannes & Venice Film Festival,…) Divers, Pilots & Moorings arrangements Clearance with local authorities Local information including anchorage area, Covid 19 regulations (if any), cruising rules (permits, Posidonia & anchorage, local PWC regulations,…) Bunkering arrangements (Duty Free bunker available in some specific areas, even if you are private) Grey & black waters pumping arrangements Garbage disposal Technical Support (International technical department based in Greece or local assistance to arrange the best support according to unexpected situations) Day workers organization Local and International Provisioning (we have provisioning companies, preferred partners or our own provisioning departments in several destinations) Flowers arrangements Laundry & general cleaning arrangements (Carpet cleaning included) Any kind of supplies & purchase on behalf including interior products, toiletries and any kind of guests’ requests Courier arrangements & packages reception and deliveries Postal address and storage of items Custom clearance Immigration assistance (Stamp-in/out of EU, Transit Visa, B1/B2 application assistance) VIP conciergerie assistance (exclusive restaurants, hotels and nightclubs suggestions & bookings, …) Entertainment arrangements (Catering, magicians & music performances, extra staffs, security,…) Tour guide & local experience (vineyards, museum, customized experiences according to guests’ preferences and local options) Beauty & Wellness arrangements (massage onboard included) Private Jet & Heli bookings Transportation (Limo and Taxi services, tender transfer, goods deliveries) Power Water Craft renting and purchase organization (including jet ski & tenders) General assistance to crew (medical appointment including) Insurance arrangements (through preferred contacts) Cash To Master arrangements and deliveries (according to local legislation) Book keeping & suppliers’ payment on behalf (one final consolidated invoice per country with credit line) Special offer for members Centralized intercountry general information shared to our members. Contact information BWA Yachting 22 Boulevard Princesse Charlotte, 98000 Monaco Tel.+377 93 500 277 info@bwayachting.com https://www.bwayachting.com/offices/ BWA Yachting BWA Yachting is a worldwide yacht agency and yachting services provider formed to support captains, managers and crew, making their lives easier, assisting with the increasing demands of managing a modern superyacht. Our global office network stretches throughout the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas, providing a unique and seamless experience, wherever our clients are cruising. Visit website Back to All Partners Centralized intercountry general information shared to our members. Become a member and enjoy the exclusive offers from our partners. Become a member

  • Event sponsorship

    With members from over 90 countries around the world, as well as connections with all the top management, charter, training and recruitment companies, not to mention the yachting press, the PYA is in a unique position to be able to promote your brand within the yachting industry. Our events are always extremely well-attended, and receive excellent feedback, so sponsoring a PYA event is a sure-fire way to get yourself noticed by the right people. In exchange for your support, we are able to offer you promotional coverage before, during and after the event. As our events receive a lot of attention in the press and on social media, your brand will receive a lot of circulation. The specifics of what is included will vary from event to event, but generally we can offer our sponsors: Banners displayed during the event Brochures on display Option to distribute promotional 'goodies' at event Logo on printed backdrop behind speakers/ photos Logo on any takeaways from the event (e.g. photos, goody bags) Company name and logo in event write up in Yachting Matters magazine (10,000 copies distributed to yachting industry) Written profile of your company on PYA website and social media before event Logo and company name promoted via PYA's active and engaged social media platforms Logo sent out via email to PYA members Free entry Networking with attendees, invitees and speakers As we are a non-profit association, we rely on the support of other companies in the industry to be able to continue the huge amount of work we do on behalf of the yachting industry and the people who work in it. None of our events, or our involvement at seminars and meetings around the world would be possible without the help of our generous sponsors. So a partnership is very much of mutual benefit! Depending on your budget and target audience, we can recommend the right event and package for you to get involved with. We seek sponsorship for both our educational and our social events. As well as financial sponsorship, you can also help out by providing drinks and/or food, prizes and other services. To enquire about sponsorship, please contact us. Event sponsorship There are some excellent opportunities throughout the year to sponsor a PYA event and showcase your company.

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