Camper and Nicholsons

PYA and MYBA form a strategic alliance to achieve common goals

6th Jan 2015

The Antigua Yacht show saw the emergence of an alliance between two powerful yachting interest groups, with the Professional Yachting Association (PYA) and Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA) joining forces to protect the interests of crew, brokers and industry professionals in a time of change.

In a powerful gesture of collaboration, MYBA sponsored PYA's Director of Training and Certification Joey Meen to travel to the Antigua Yacht Show to convey to crew the importance of the PYA’s work and the benefits of membership.

It’s been a busy year for the PYA, whose negotiations with the MCA have succeeded in several wins for luxury yacht crew, including reducing the Ship’s Cook Certificate course down from a suggested year, to 2.5 days. Without these negotiations on behalf of the industry, large yachts would be facing a severe shortage of chefs over the next 12-18 months and guest service levels would almost certainly drop to the detriment of everyone.

The PYA’s work aligns well with the ideals of MYBA, who not only consider crew wellbeing and professional pathways of great importance, but also view the PYA’s work with legislative bodies such as the MCA and ILO as vital for the smooth running of the industry as a whole.

This arrangement also works to narrow the traditional gap between brokers, crew and industry professionals; a very positive development in an industry that is growing quickly and is increasingly subject to outside forces.

by Camper Nicholsons

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