Recommendations to yacht workers going through the COVID-crisis

Recommendations to yacht workers going through the COVID-crisis

As the consequences of COVID-19 begin to take on a different form every day, many crews have undergone improvements in their pay and conditions of work. Together with a combination of feelings comes the need for practical guidance, and so Moncada Yachts offers an insightful view of how the dramatically reduced seasons would affect the crew of the yacht. 

Seek guidance  

Shipping agents should have the tools to assist crews with knowledge specific to the region. In fact, agents would be able to inform on the probability of going across borders and what travel forms/documents are necessary to do so. The website of Nautilus, the International Union, contains a number of reputable resources for crews, in particular with regard to employment advice.

Collaborate to change contract terms

Members of the crew who are concerned about changes in their employment contracts, and owners who are concerned about making these changes properly, should make these changes collaboratively where possible. Concerns are resolved when working together and potential risks are reduced.

Consider the reputation of the yacht

The manner in which the yacht was managed and the way in which the crew was taken care of during the crisis will be a heritage that will stay with the yacht. It is critical that the yacht, after COVID-19, remains a desirable location for the guests and potential crew.

Review precautions for charter guests

Given that the MYBA charter contract has been used, there is a provision for charter guests to show whether they are safe in order to get on board. Even so, yachts may want to revisit the standard terms and look more closely at what charter guests are asked to provide prior to their trip. Potential charter guests should have been expected to include the details of their COVID-19 examinations, as the crew would, and new sanitation and safety measures could be integrated into everyday on-board procedures. As well as the flag states offering information, the IMO has recently published a strict set of protocols for anyone joining the ship.

Establish crew testing and social distancing routines

All owners and operators would like to prove that they are trying their best to ensure a stable crew and to have adequate steps in place. Such steps may include check licenses, daily temperature records and social distance schedules, such as crew delivery to guest rooms and leased insulation assets before and after boarding. At the moment, the crews are able to get tested at different points, such as before or after the crossing. Blood tests may be obtained by prescription or GP may be contacted to arrange a test, but if you have recently traveled, it may be advised to wait a few days for any recent undetected exposure to the virus.

Think about investing in new skills  

In a growing need for on-board nurses in the wake of the Corona epidemic, that could become more common in the industry. Chefs will and should operate more on board and catering, because even though the restaurants are open, owners and guests will not feel compelled to leave.

Be ready for the season to pick up again  

Despite captains becoming more relaxed with the recruiting of crews, the crewing business is now moving again. Some businesses are getting proposals for yachts to be used as early as late-June.

 information relevant to the Maritime industry can be found on the following sites:

- International Maritime Health Association

- World Health Organisation

- International Maritime Organisation

- International Chamber of Shipping


12 May 2020,
Written by Laura Nicholls