Nautilus has partnerships across the yachting world with agencies in countries including France, Spain, Monaco, the UK and Guernsey.

Yachts can vary a great deal in size, but the largest superyachts have substantial crews including hotel and catering staff.

Today's superyachts are crewed by experienced maritime professionals qualified under the IMO Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) convention. And they are increasingly interested in joining a professional body such as Nautilus, which offers them the kind of professional support and certificate protection they need.

Any yachting professional can become a Nautilus member, regardless of their country of nationality or residence. They can be yachtmasters (skippers), ship's officers (navigation and engineering), and senior service staff such as the chief steward, as well as interior crew in all roles, and deckhands.

Collective bargaining agreements | Service record book | Yacht Friends of Nautilus | Seafarers' Employment Agreements | Sea Service | Yacht partnerships | YachtNeeds app

Collective bargaining agreements

This is a growing sector which is still adjusting to the professionalisation of its crew, and Nautilus does not yet have collective bargaining (recognition) agreements here. But many yacht personnel and employers do appreciate the benefits of such agreements, and it is likely that these will become more common in the future. Nautilus welcomes opportunities to develop agreements for those working onboard yachts wherever they are in the world.

Service record book

Members working in the large yacht sector are urged to take advantage of the Union's industry-leading Service Record Book (SRB) which is available free of charge to members, and will help speed up the certification process at the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The Nautilus SRB helps members to record and calculate qualifying sea service for certification, and is used by examiners when evaluating sea service. Nautilus has worked closely with the MCA in developing this facility for yachting members.

Superyacht crew can still present their proof of seatime using ordinary testimonials, but the Nautilus SRB will ensure their application for a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) can be dealt with quickly. Those seafarers using individual testimonials are likely to experience delays as the MCA will need to verify these in detail.

Who administers the Nautilus SRB?

The SRB is administered from the Union's Wallasey office, but members can also be assisted with the process in the Antibes office where we have a partnership with yacht management specialist D&B Services who have full MCA recognition as a training provider for the STCW2010 Basic Safety Training in Antibes.

Sea service verification

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Marine Information Note (MIN) 543 (M) describes the revised arrangements for verification of sea service testimonials of seafarers working in the large yacht sector. The notice formalises arrangements for delegating authority for verification of sea service to Nautilus for its members.

The Union has also produced a sea service testimonal template and a handy guide to the verification process it uses for assisting members with a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) or the revalidation of a Certificate of Competency (CoC).

Nautilus is also trialling a digital sea service form for members:

Please email feedback on the digtial sea service form to

Yacht Friends of Nautilus

Friends of Nautilus campaign

Seafarers working onboard superyachts can become either a full member, and enjoy all the full legal protection benefits and the free SRB, or join as a 'Yacht Friend of Nautilus' (YFON) during the Union's dedicated campaign.

The Friends' scheme entitles them to receive an SRB with unlimited verification of seatime, access to the members' only section of our website, and to our Nautilus Plus discount scheme for only €95.00 for 12 months.

You can bcome a Yacht Friend of Nautilus by visiting the Join online form and selecting the relevant package selection under the Promotions heading, or via our partner D&B Services office in Antibes, France.

Those seafarers that want to be fully protected by the full range of Nautilus benefits – including our unrivalled industrial support, worldwide legal assistance, and certificate protection – must join as a full member, or upgrade their YFON membership in advance of requiring these services.

Seafarers' Employment Agreements

The Union has produced a SEA contract advice guide for members to help yacht crew ensure that their employment contracts are in line with the Maritime Labour Convention on Seafarers' Employment Agreements (SEAs).

Members can find the guide by logging in to My Nautilus/Member resources.

Nobody should start work without an SEA, because it entitles seafarers to a fair employment agreement or contract setting out decent living and working conditions onboard. It must be signed by the seafarer and the employer, be easy to understand and be legally enforceable.

All information on the terms and conditions of employment, including the CBA, must be freely accessible to everyone onboard and available for inspection in port.

Yacht partnerships

Nautilus continues to open up dialogue with crews, agencies, employers, owners and regulatory authorities across the yacht sector. To provide a tailored service to members in the sector, we've established partnerships with agencies across the yachting world, including in Antibes, Mallorca, Monaco and the UK.


D&B Services

D&B Services is a crewing agency in France, specialising in yacht management, crew training, crew placement and crew declaration, which manages the Union's office in Antibes. The company is also authorised to deliver and rent boats and conduct yacht maintenance, as well as supply equipment.

D&B Services has full recognition from the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency as a training provider for the STCW2010 Basic Safety Training in Antibes.

To contact D&B services:

3 Bd. d'Aguillon
06600 Antibes

Tel: +33 (0)962 616 140

The Crew Academy

The Crew Academy is based near Antibes in Golf Juan, France. It is the only provider of a dedicated training course for pursers within the superyacht industry, and offers other hotel and catering department courses from beginner to management level. Bespoke onboard and land-based training is delivered by experienced senior former yacht crew and leaders in the global hospitality industry.

To contact The Crew Academy:

Port Camille Rayon, Quai Napoleon
Golfe Juan

Website: is a recruitment and placement service, based in Antibes and committed to being MLC compliant. They place chefs onto superyachts globally, providing candidates with tips and advice to secure a new role and also offer captains or managers the chance to source chefs 24/7 when required.

To contact

30 Rue Lacan
06600 Antibes

Tel: +33 (0)6 65 99 11 14


Voyonic Crewing Limited

Voyonic Crewing Limited offers crew payroll and employment solutions to yacht owners and operators, and work closely with captains and yacht managers to coordinate day to day basics of employment.

Voyonic was the first organisation to obtain a certificate of compliance with MLC 2006 from the Guernsey authorities. Recognising the importance of the MLC they ensure that their clients also have individual certification of compliance in accordance with classification society DNV GL standards on seafarer recruitment and placement.

Voyonic Crewing Limited
PO Box 191
Elizabeth House
Ruettes Brayes
St Peter Port
Guernsey GY1 4HW

Tel: +44 (0) 1481 711828


Hemisphere Monaco

Hemisphere Monaco is a specialist superyacht service provider based in the heart of Monaco and founded in 2012, which offers a collection of services dedicated to yacht owners, their captains, owners' representatives and yacht management firms.

The team offers dynamic and intelligent solutions for payroll and contracts, ship to shore financial management, mini-ISM management, crew recruitment and interior training.

To contact Hemisphere Monaco (by appointment only):

Le Prince De Galles
3-5 Avenue des Citronniers
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 97 70 81 08


Sovren Crew

Based in Palma, Mallorca, Sovren Crew (formerly Dovaston Crew) has become a world leader in the placement of professional yacht crew. Since the company opened its office in 1996, over 25,000 captains, mates, engineers, chefs, service staff and deckhands of all levels and nationalities have registered.

To contact Sovren Crew:

Calle de Versailles 9A
07015, Palma de Mallorca
Islas Baleares

Tel: +34 971 677 375



Crew Family Office (CrewFO) is a UK financial and planning service for yacht crew. As part of its partnership with Nautilus, it will also provide Nautilus members with preferential rates for completing their UK tax returns.

CrewFO is owned and run by ex-yacht crew – ensuring that they know the ins and outs of the industry when helping members with finance, insurance and tax issues.

To contact CrewFO:

Tel: +44 (0)203 290 2031

Global Compass Marine Limited

Global Compass Marine Limited services a growing demand for a seamless approach to marine requirements, specialising in providing Services, Crew and Equipment to Captains, Operators and Owners. Covering Captain / Bridge, Engineering, Deck, Interior, Refit, Crew, Eco Products, Toys and Watercraft, GCM can supply their clients anywhere across the Globe. We are proud to be associated with Nautilus International.

To contact Global Compass Marine

Tel: +44 (0)1934 712985
Email: /
Address: Global Compass Marine Limited, Crossways, West Stoughton, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4PW, United Kingdom.

Impact Crew

Impact Crew is a research based training organisation, catering to the unique needs of the superyacht sector and wider maritime industry. They work with their clients to develop leadership capability both onboard and ashore.

To contact Impact Crew:

Tel: +44 (0)1425 614 419
Email: /

Marine Accounts

Marine Accounts has offices in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, and can advise yacht crew on their tax and residency status around the world.

Its personnel are specialists in filing individual tax returns under the UK Seafarers Earnings Deduction (SED) and the US Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE). Their extensive experience and understanding of seafarers means they can efficiently advise and file tax returns with minimum delay and inconvenience. They offer a dedicated one-on-one service and provide follow-up care and advice for ease of mind and future planning.

To contact Marine Accounts:

Tel: +44 (0)1227 507675

Red Square Medical

Red Square Medical is a UK-based maritime medical solutions service that delivers training, telemedicine, consultancy and travel health services to the maritime industry. The company has a commitment to the professionalism, safety and welfare of maritime professionals working at sea and ashore across the maritime industry.

To contact Red Square Medical:

Registered office
Breamore House,
The Butts,
Warnford Road,
SO32 3ND

Tel: +44 (0)75 11 55 04 57


UKSA is a charitable organisation renowned for its work focusing on youth development and professional training in yachting and other maritime industries. The organisation has a strong ethos of cadet welfare and prides itself on the pastoral care afforded to cadets and other maritime professionals who use its educational facilities.

All UKSA students undertaking the Professional Yacht Cadetship, RYA Yachtmaster and interior courses now have their first year's membership of Nautilus included as part of their package of benefits of studying at the academy.

To contact UKSA:

Arctic Road
Isle of Wight
PO31 7PQ

Tel: +44 (0)1983 294 941

West Nautical

West Nautical has over 20 years' experience in yacht management, charter and sales brokerage. Its team also provide new build consultancy, operational management, crew employment and charter marketing.

Located in the UK, Monaco, France and Russia, West Nautical has a commitment to the professionalism, development, safety and welfare of individuals working on large yachts across the globe.

To contact West Nautical:

Baltic Place
South Shore Road

Tel: +44 (0)191 478 9920


Wilsonhalligan is a yachting recruitment consultancy focusing on professionalism, quality standards, ethical practices and seagoing crew integrity.

Based in Park Gate, Southampton – near Warsash Maritime Academy and ECDIS UK – wilsonhalligan has a collaborative, communicative and open approach to providing advice and guidance to applicants. The consultancy also works with the flag administrations to ensure the maritime certification regulations and requirements that apply to today's yacht operations are complied with. It also has a recruitment officer in Fort Lauderdale, USA.

To contact wilsonhalligan:

Suites B & C, Webb House
20 Bridge Rd
Park Gate
SO31 7GE

Tel: +44 (0)1489 886 802



Yotspot has been a successful online community since launching in 2010, bringing captains, crew and employers together for jobs, sailing opportunities, courses and much more.

Based in Southampton, UK, Yotspot has over 45,000 registered crew with over 10,000 jobs advertised each year by yachts, management companies and recruitment agencies. They also have a searchable database of over 6,000 maritime courses.

To contact Yotspot:

CB Media Group Ltd
Ocean Village Innovation Centre
4 Ocean Way
SO15 2PX

Tel: +44 (0)23 80 38 1928

A-Z Yachting

Yacht crew agency A-Z yachting has an experienced team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for crew placement and a jobs website for yachtcrew.

To contact A-Z Yachting:

40 Railway Avenue

Tel: +44 (0) 786 1818 118
Website: A-Z Yachting


Wilsonhalligan Yacht Recruitment USA

Wilsonhalligan is a yachting recruitment consultancy focusing on professionalism, quality standards, ethical practices and seagoing crew integrity.

It has a collaborative, communicative and open approach to providing advice and guidance to applicants. The consultancy also works with the flag administrations to ensure the maritime certification regulations and requirements that apply to today's yacht operations are complied with. It is based in the UK, but has a recruitment officer in Fort Lauderdale, USA.

To contact wilsonhalligan USA:

Tel: +1 (954) 779-7764
Address: 1041 SE 17th Street, Ste 101, Fort Lauderdale, United States
Email: /

Professional Yachtmaster Training USA

Professional Yachtmaster Training provides IYT MegaYacht Crew Training in Florida. It was founded in Durban, South Africa, in the year 2000 and selected basic and introductory yacht training courses, revalidation and security officer training has been offered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida since April 2013.

Tel: +1 (954) 296 3830
Address:1635 South Miami Road
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
Web: Professional Yachtmaster Training USA

YachtNeeds app

Nautilus has teamed up with the makers of the YachtNeeds app to help yacht sector members access the Union's services, wherever they are. Described as a 'concierge app', YachtNeeds provides crews with easy access to listings and other information in the various ports they visit.

Nautilus information is listed under the Crew Advice and Assistance section in all categories. Visit YachtNeeds for more information and advice on how to download the app.

Disclaimer: Nautilus is not responsible or liable for the content provided in the YachtNeeds app or the external website listed.

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