Crew Recruitment Agencies Awarded Lloyd’s Register MLC 2006 Accreditation

The Marine Labour Convention (MLC) 2006  has been created to harmonise and revise existing seafarers’ regulations, to include comprehensive rights and protection at work for seafarers throughout the world.
Now 2 super yacht crew recruitment agencies have been awarded full MLC 2006 accreditation by Lloyd’s Register.

Both YPI Crew and Camper & Nicholsons Crew Placement are based in Antibes.
Laurence Lewis, (nee Reymann) director of YPI Crew, and her team have been taking an active interest in the development of the MLC 2006 from a very early stage. “We could see that once in place, the MLC 2006 was going to affect the lives of yacht crew worldwide,” she explains. “I wanted to make sure YPI Crew was a major part of it from the start.”

Deborah BlazyCrew Placement Division Director at Camper & Nicholsons says, “The convention clarifies the rights and responsibilities of all crew members and we believe that this will have a very positive impact on the industry.”
Teams of recruiters been attending and taking part in conferences and seminars since 2008 including those given by the Lloyds Maritime Academy in London and various other sessions in France including an MLC 2006 conference in Nantes chaired by the director of the International Labour Standards Department, Cleopatra Doumbia- Henry.
Laurence Lewis at YPI Crew said, “It is important because for the first time owners and crew now know where they stand on all important employment elements. The convention has set down a basic framework allowing for an honest transparency between all parties. I believe that will result in significantly improved relations, which in turn, will have a direct effect on how well the yachts are run and indeed on the quality of charter service offered.”
Being accredited can help speed up a Flag State or Port State Control inspection. The use of a licensed, certified or regulated private recruitment and placement agency is one of the 14 points which are subject to inspection under Regulation 1.4 Recruitment and Placement.
It is also confirms that the yacht crew placed by the agency are qualified; that the crew agency is not charging crew for representing them or assisting them in securing employment; that the crew agency is not blacklisting and that the crew agency is operated in an orderly fashion.”