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As pandemic restrictions start to ease, the yacht industry is getting back to work, and that means superyacht seafarers need to have their paperwork in order.
Nautilus yacht members have free access to the Union's unrivalled sea service verification scheme – which is carried out on behalf of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Featuring a special Service Record Book and a team at Nautilus charged with verifying your testimonials, it can save you months when you're applying to renew your commercial yacht certification at the MCA.
If you're new to Nautilus, here are some questions answered about sea service verification:
What do I need to send in?
Alternatively, you can complete our new sea and onboard service online form. Once your testimonials have been verified, you should send your original testimonials along with a passport sized photograph to the Nautilus House address on your Service Record Book.
If you require your verification urgently, please email to advise and we will do our best to accommodate. Nautilus will accept any testimonial provided it contains the relevant information.
Nautilus sea service testimonial templates are also available by logging into My Nautilus/member resources.
Do I need to send in a testimonial each time I sign off the yacht?
No, if you are on the same vessel for a long period you do not need to complete a testimonial each time you disembark, provided you keep track of standby days, yard days and actual sea days.
You should complete a testimonial before you change jobs, if there is a change of management onboard (master), or if the yacht is being sold.
Who can sign my testimonial?
The master, owner, employer, or management company can sign your testimonial.
If you're not yet a member of Nautilus and want to benefit from the Union's commercial yacht sea service verification scheme, join now.