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 | 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 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.
• MIN 543 (M) – Sea service verification on large yachts
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.
To join this YFON scheme now, download and complete the YFON application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0151 639 8454, or visit 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 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.
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.