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Union benefits for yacht crew

Located in the ACREW lounge for the Palma Superyacht Show, Nautilus International is promoting membership of its union to yacht crew. Of particular interest, Nautilus has launched the ‘Friend of Nautilus’ scheme, whereby the union’s Service Record Book and verification service is available for superyacht crew if they become a member for a year.

This is particularly topical as, from 1 January 2017, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has introduced new arrangements regarding the verification of Sea Service Testimonials (SSTs) under UK flag jurisdiction.

Essentially the MCA is now shifting the responsibility for verifying SSTs issued to all relevant seafarers in the superyacht sector away from the MCA’s staff, and expanding further the delegation of sea service verification services to suitably qualified organisations. This includes the PYA and Nautilus through the use of their respective Service Record Books, which have previously been approved by the MCA.

These documents are accepted by the MCA, usually without any further checking, and provide a fast and efficient way to apply for an application for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) or for a CoC revalidation.