Interior Training Standards for crew
Update on interior training standards for large yachts crews. Continue reading
South of France  - Vessel Route Restrictions

Please note the following published amendment by the UK Hydrographic Office:

NP46 Mediterranean Pilot Volume 2 (2018 Edition)

France - Toulon - Îles d’Hyères — Regulations

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MCA Fees 2017

The United Kingdom Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) has recently increased its fees for seafarers certification.

The last increase in fees was in 2006.

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The PYA Christmas Ball 2018

Another great night - the PYA Christmas Ball was held at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes on December 14th 2018. 

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ISWAN Superyacht Report Seminar

On Monday 3rd December ISWAN The International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network's  will present the results of their recent survey of crew welfare issues on superyachts.  This Report is likely to highlight common welfare problems met by crew serving on superyachts such as sexual harassment, bullying, stress and emotional issues, conditions of employment, and crew agreements.

ISWAN has invited the PYA to participate in the subsequent discussion and a PYA Director will be on the panel.  We would also like to send five other PYA members to participate: ideally Captains or senior crew who will be in the London area on that day and who have experience in dealing with crew and crew welfare issues. The PYA will support any member wishing to attend on our behalf by meeting reasonable travel costs of up to a maximum of 120 Euros.

Interested?  - please email me PYA CEO - Capt Andy Crawford at or even call into the office in Antibes.

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Sexual harassment of seafarers

What is the true extent of sexual harassment at sea?   The PYA has conducted a recent survey - the results are in!

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Malta PYA - Opportunities in Superyachts Conference

The PYA will be taking part in the 7th Annual 'Opportunities in Superyachts' Quaynotes Seminar on 28th March 2019 in Malta.

This event will be concurrent with the re-launch of Malta PYA which is in progress to be established in Malta by early 2019 based in Valetta.  

All Captains and Crew of Malta registered and based yachts and people employed in yachting who are Malta resident are invited to contact Andy Crawford CEO PYA at if they would like to express interest to become involved with forming Malta PYA.

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New route to Officer of the Watch

As advertised at the PYA Sea Changes Seminar during the Monaco Yacht Show, the UK has issued a new Merchant Shipping Information Notice - MIN 580 which details a new route to obtain an STCW Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency.

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Award of Merchant Navy Medal to PYA President
The Professional Yachting Association ( is pleased, and proud, to announce that its President, Capt. Andrew Schofield, has recently been awarded Great Britain’s ‘Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service’ for ‘Services to the Large Yacht Industry’. Continue reading