New MLC certification requirements for commercial yacht chefs
Following the introduction of the Maritime Labour Convention to the yachting industry there have been a number of new certification requirements for crew. As of the 7th August 2014 all chefs aboard commercial vessels who cook for 10 or more crew will be required to hold an official Ship’s Cook Certificate in addition to their Food Safety Certificate.
As explained by the MCA’s Roger Towner at the recent Professional Yachting Association’s Sea Changes Forum in Antibes, the requirement for a Ship's Cook Certificate relates to all commercial vessels to which the MLC code applies.
At present the MCA is in discussion with the PYA regarding the logistics of exactly how and where this certificate can be obtained and we hope to be able to bring you an update on this in the very near future.
In addition to the Ship’s Cook Certificate, as of 7th August 2014 the Food Hygiene Certificate is also required to be held by all chefs aboard commercial vessels to which the MLC code applies. In order to comply with this regulation, Roger Towner confirmed that the City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering, course accreditation No: 500/5186/6 is an MCA accepted qualification.
More information about this certificate and a list of the nearest approved training centres in the UK can be found online here.
For further information about this or other aspects of MLC compliance please don’t hesitate to contact our Yacht Management Division.