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The PYA supports MLC 2006, however this ‘seafarers bill of rights’ contains some unintended consequences for Yachts which jeopardise the future of our industry. The PYA has been lobbying the ILO to explain these issues.

At the request of the ILO Secretariat, the PYA has been asked to carry out 2 studies on Yachting to demonstrate to the ILO the effect of implementing MLC 2006 on yachts and yachting. We launched the first study to measure the impact of MLC on crew accommodation in yachts in April. Thanks to unprecedented cooperation, the response and results from yards and designers has been way beyond our expectation.

This social survey is the second study requested by the ILO and relates to you, the crew.

In order to have any impact with international policy makers, the social survey and its report must be impartial and academically sound. This is why the PYA commissioned the Seafarers International Research Centre to write it. SIRC is the leading authority in the world on issues affecting seafarers. This is the first study of its kind ever to be carried out on yacht crew and is your opportunity to explain to policy makers at the highest level the terms and conditions you work under and that yachting is different to other sectors of the Merchant Fleet.

It is vital that as many crew as possible who earn their living by working on yachts complete this questionnaire. If you do not have a current job you can complete the questionnaire based on the last Yacht you worked on. You do not have to be a member of the PYA to complete the questionnaire, though if you want to join we welcome the support in representing your interests!

Please take 15 minutes to complete this survey. Go to It is important that your collective voice is heard.

Results of both studies will be made available after they have been presented to the ILO later this year.

Professional Yachtsmen's Association
+33 (0)493 34 91 16
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