With the start of the 2014 show season fast approaching and summer in the Mediterranean just around the corner, issue 68 of The Crew Report is here and packed full of relevant features and essential information to bring superyacht crew up to date with the latest happenings in the industry.

With more yachts adopting rotation programmes for their senior crew, in our regular captains’ comments feature, we ask four captains to share their thoughts on whether rotation for those at junior level would improve longevity on board and the skill set of today’s junior crew and if there should be an industry drive towards rotation for crew of all levels so junior crew can gain substantial, long-term experience at sea.



The superyacht industry is no exception when it comes to the growing use of the internet and social media, and crew in particular know how to utilise these new modes of communication. Issue 68 looks at whether the internet and social media are becoming serious competition for the recruitment sector or whether they provide a chance for recruitment agencies to find new and innovative ways of connecting with crew.

Time and time again we have been told a crewmember’s Seafarer Employment Agreement (SEA) is of perpetual importance, but do crew really grasp what their SEA should look like? In the latest issue Döhle Yachts’ director Robert Tobin and yacht crew recruitment manager Sally Aston break down the SEA and explain its composition, how it differs between flag states and what crew should be looking for in a watertight SEA.

A much-debated topic in The Crew Report has been the issue of discrimination in the recruitment of superyacht crew. But what is the recruitment agent’s role when it comes to tackling discrimination? This issue hears from Laurence Lewis, director of YPI Crew, as she investigates the responsibility of the recruitment agent in raising professional standards and questions whether discrimination is as problematic as the industry perceives.


This issue hears from Laurence Lewis, director of YPI Crew, as she investigates the responsibility of the recruitment agent in raising professional standards and questions whether discrimination is as problematic as the industry perceives.



With more stringent maritime environmental standards and regulations, the superyacht industry is facing an increasing number of operational challenges. Space and resources on board are by nature incredibly limited and port reception facilities often have their own requirements for disposal and recycling waste. To ascertain just how these challenges are affecting the industry, this issue investigates how waste management is being implemented today and what impact recent regulations have had on crew operations.

Also packed into issue 68 is an interview with Captain Ian Westman about the need for the industry to control the quality of entry crew, a discussion about the ethical ethos of the industry, Captain Mike Conquest considers the increasing complexity of technology on bridges, Captain Todd Rapley shares his thoughts on the areas of the world in the context of the build and refit sectors, we hear from captains and manufacturers about how to best care for and maintain tenders, ICT’s Brian Luke provides a future forecast of the training sector and one reader comments on his views on unfair dismissal.

Issue 68 of The Crew Report will be on its way to superyacht crew all around the world this week. To view or download a copy of the issue online please click here.


Please send your comments on Issue 68 to managing editor Lulu Trask at lulu@thesuperyachtgroup.com