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UK registered yachts - crew rights
Posted: Friday, December 14, 2018 4:48 PM
Joined: 28/03/2013
Posts: 7

I am working on a yacht which isn't covered by the MLC convention, tonnage is too small (90 tons) and we aren't commercial.

The yacht is privately registered in the UK, what legislation is there for crew? Everything I can find is MLC based. 


Iain Flockhart
Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 8:06 PM
Joined: 23/09/2008
Posts: 2

Easy, uk registered vessel normal UK employment law applies. It makes no difference if you are employed on a yacht or not because it's UK registered (as opposed to British registered, bak sure you are ware of the difference). All the info you need can be found on the UK Gov web site, as if you worked in an office all the same rules protection and procedures still apply.  You might also want to have a look at this:  This code of conduct though not mandatory contains all the proper procedures that both parties should follow in any dispute. as you can see it is fully endorsed by Nautilus, UK CoS & RMT.  I always make this document ann appendage to crew contracts so that it constitutes part oft he contract and then each party knows exactly what their responsibilities are.

Much could of course depend on the specific nature of your issue that you wish to resolve but in general terms just look at it as if you were working for a UK employer in a UK shore based job.  the situation would be very different of your vessel was not flagged in the UK, o from that perspective you are lucky at least.

Hope this helps.

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