Calling all engineers – the yachting industry needs you
The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) are currently liaising with the MCA regarding a much needed overhaul of the career path structure for engineers within the luxury yachting industry and would like to hear from any engineers who wish to have input to this important discussion and help influence the decisions made.
This move comes as part of a major overhaul of the largely outdated Marine Guidance Note 156, which outlines the courses and qualifications required for all engineers on seagoing vessels, the MCA are currently developing a way by which Yacht, Workboat, Tug and Fishing engineers can all undergo the same training, and hold the same Certificates of Competence.
As it has before, when the Large Yacht Code was created to introduce an MCA equivalent deck qualification and career path structure for the yachting industry, the PYA is representing the luxury yacht sector during these talks and ensuring the practical needs and requirements of our industry and engineers are taken into consideration.
The PYA is now actively engaged in discussions with the MCA on this and asking all engineers to contribute their opinions in order to represent the majority of crew and bring constructive ideas to the discussion table. The changes will not come into force for a few years (engineers are advised to continue their progression of Y4/3/2/1 in the meantime), however input is needed now, before anything is put in place.
Formed within the PYA’s MCA Yacht Qualifying Workgroup for Deck and engineering training and certification issues which has existed since 1991, the engineering workgroup has been very active to ensure that what is put in place for the updated MGN 156 will better fit and benefit the future of the engineering department in our sector – but they want to hear from you. You need to be a PYA member to have a voice in the workgroups, so please get in touch by email or calling +33 4 93 34 91 16.