Nautilus has partnerships with large yacht agencies in countries including France, Spain and the US.
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.
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 Antibes office where it has 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.
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.
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 simple guide to help yacht crew ensure that their employment contracts are in line with the Maritime Labour Convention on Seafarers' Employment Agreements (SEAs).
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.
To find out more about what the SEA should contain, members should log in to the My Nautilus Resources section.
Danny McGowan, Nautilus, with yacht partners The Crew Academy
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 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.
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 06220 France
Hemisphere Crew Solutions specialises in crew recruitment for the luxury superyacht industry, offering bespoke crew searches and headhunting services. Hemisphere's Monaco offices are the company's European base for all crew enquiries, and is strategically located for easy access to crew from across Europe.
To contact Hemisphere Crew Solutions:
Le Michelangelo 7 Ave des Papalins Fontvieille Port 98000 Monaco
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 Spain
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To contact wilsonhalligan:
Suites B & C, Webb House 20 Bridge Rd Park Gate Southampton SO31 7GE
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.