Support and Advice is available to members and potential new members to provide professional advice and welfare support to seafarers in yachting.
Due to the generous unpaid time offered by a small group of its senior Directors, Councillors and members, the PYA staff in Antibes are able to direct individual enquiries (in confidence) to this knowledgeable panel of PYA experts. Last year (2018) we dealt with over a 150 such enquiries.
The topics are referred to us are yachting related and cover a are wide range of subjects such as contracts of employment (Seafarers Employment Agreements - SEA's), unlawful stoppage of wages/salary, poor accommodation, bullying and harassment, career progression and advice etc.
The PYA offers one to one advice on matters relating to sea service, certification and examination. If you need such support then please contact the Antibes office for an appointment to discuss you situation in confidence.
Welfare and pastoral support
The PYA has been campaigning for some time on issues related to welfare and poor treatment of seafarers in yachting. Last year we surveyed on the subject of sexual harassment, discrimination and bullying in the yachting sector. This campaign brought us into contact with ISWAN International Seafarers Network and Assistance which is a charity supporting all seafarers in the world. ISWAN has developed a 24/7 support service to deal with urgent seafarer issues - Seafarerhelp. (www.seafarerhelp.org). This service is:
Free, confidential and available 24/7, all year round
Provides a free, confidential helpline for seafarers and their families around the world. SeafarerHelp is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Multilingual and a wide choice of contact methods
The SeafarerHelp team speaks a wide range of languages. The helpline can be contacted via a number of different methods including telephone (with a callback option), e-mail, Live Chat and WhatsApp.
A recent Life is for Living seminar held in Palma generated a useful list of supporting organisation and other contacts. PYA members can download this information.
Whether it is a problem on board, concerns about family, a health issue, a request for general information, or simply the need to talk to someone, the SeafarerHelp team is there to offer assistance. They deal with many of the problems in-house and have a team that is trained in emotional support and listening skills. They refer cases to a number of specialist agencies or ISWAN’s regional representatives in the port or country where the seafarer is located to ensure he or she receives the appropriate support.
PYA and ISWAN
The PYA is now working closely with ISWAN and other organisations to develop a holistic support service to seafarers employed in yachting. We will continue to campaign for improvements in the treatment of crew and to raise awareness of both poor and excellence in improving the management of the human element. Your participation, contribution and information will aid us in this quest so please contact us on email, Facebook or Instagram with comments.
Last updated in May 2019