Crew Life

Women in Maritime Leadership

Posted: 30th Apr 2019

Written by: Karen Passman

In 2018, Maritime UK established a Women in Maritime Taskforce to identify practical steps to increase the number of women working in the maritime sector, specifically in senior roles. It also addresses the knock on effect on shor... Read More

Improve the Gender Balance to Improve Crew Retention

Posted: 16th Apr 2019

Written by: Nautilus International

Nautilus contributed to a top-level meeting last month to develop a ‘roadmap’ for improving seafarer recruitment and retention practices across the global shipping industry. Delegates agreed that there should be a ‘creative approa... Read More

Why Listening Gives You the Leading Edge

Posted: 28th Mar 2019

Written by: Karine Rayson

Do we truly know what it is to listen? Great leaders are great listeners and The Crew Coach, Karine Rayson, explains why. Whether you are in a leadership role or not, if you find yourself doing more talking than listening this art... Read More

Training the Future Leaders of the Maritime Industry

Posted: 28th Mar 2019

Written by: Lars Lippuner

When it opens its doors in June 2019, the new ship and port simulation centre at Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering will be the largest and most sophisticated maritime simulation centre in the UK, making hundreds o... Read More

Crew Welfare at the Heart of Yachting

Posted: 28th Feb 2019

Written by: Karen Passman

In December last year, ISWAN revealed disappointing findings from a study into crew welfare in the superyacht industry. A shoreside organisation revealing similar findings would be under investigation by a raft of governing bodies... Read More

Girls Going Green on Yachts

Posted: 19th Feb 2019

Written by: Sam Watson

The issue has always been translating the superyacht industry's love of the ocean into action to protect it, so we were delighted when Chief Stew Jane Brécheteau got in touch to tell us how the crew on MY Irisha have radically red... Read More

LUXE Experts: Master Carpet Cleaner Richard Perkins

Posted: 2nd Jan 2019

Written by: OnboardOnline

Carpets. They're everywhere you look, but often unnoticed until sensed by your feet, sinking into a plush pile, or until wine is spilled, leaving a stain that stubbornly draws the eye. We speak to Richard Perkins, a carpet special... Read More

ISWAN Delivers Report on The Welfare of Superyacht Crew

Posted: 10th Dec 2018

Written by: Tom Holmer

The findings of new research into the welfare needs of superyacht crew were presented last week at a seminar held at Inmarsat’s headquarters in London, highlighting key areas for improvement with a number of recommendations. Read More

The Key to Cristal

Posted: 13th Nov 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

If you work in the yachting industry you probably already know that Cristal is one of the most exclusive champagnes you can find, but here are some interesting facts so you can impress your charter guests when the opportunity aris... Read More

Super Tuscans for Superyachts

Posted: 12th Nov 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Tignanello, Masseto - all big wine names in yachting but what are they? All harking from Italy, full-bodied and densely structured, these big hitters belong to a breed called Super Tuscans. In the early 1980s... Read More

The Art of Wine Tasting

Posted: 10th Nov 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

To the average wine consumer, the quirks of professional wine tasting may seem unnecessary, if not downright silly. Assessing legs, shade and rim, aroma, structure, length, sniffing and spitting can seem frivolous. However, a litt... Read More

Is the Criminalisation of Shipmasters an Occupational Hazard?

Posted: 8th Nov 2018

Written by: Nautilus Int. - Andrew Linington

It has become so common for shipmasters to be arrested as criminals following an incident that this is starting to deter seafarers from rising through the ranks. Andrew Linington reports from a Nautilus industry symposium set up t... Read More

Managing the Paperwork in the Event of an Accident Onboard

Posted: 7th Nov 2018

Written by: Dave Clarke

What do you tell the judge when it all goes pear-shaped? In the unfortunate event that an accident happens onboard your yacht, as captain or head of department you'll have to demonstrate a good safety culture and responsible recor... Read More

Captain Glen McDonnell - Motor Yacht Vava

Posted: 30th Oct 2018

Written by: Sarah Forge

From humble beginnings in Oxley Creek to the inside track of Formula One and the America's Cup, Captain Glen McDonnell has seen it all. His first job was on 50 foot steel-hull motorsailer but a love of adventure and serendipity al... Read More

How to Set up a Successful Yachting Business

Posted: 25th Sep 2018

Written by: Josh Richardson

Have you spotted a gap in the market serving the global superyacht industry? Do you dream of starting your own business? Josh Richardson of Superyacht Tenders and Toys and Shipyard Supply Co. offers his insights on how to succeed ... Read More

Implementing PMS Solutions for Yachts in Build is the New Norm

Posted: 21st Sep 2018

Written by: Matt Hyde - Seahub

New builds are a chance to improve on the way things have been done in the past and give owners and build engineers the opportunity to fulfil their wildest design and engineering dreams. The deployment of planned maintenance syste... Read More

The Human Face of Seven Star Hospitality

Posted: 25th Jul 2018

Written by: OnboardOnline

Back in April during the MYBA Charter Show in Barcelona, the 70m motor yacht JOY won the Table Decor category of the Superyacht Chefs’ Competition with a tablescape that captured the essence of Seven Star Hospitality. So what did ... Read More

Six Unusual Culinary Courses for Yacht Chefs

Posted: 19th Jun 2018

Written by: Chrissie McClatchie

In the yachting industry every aspect of service must be impeccable with the utmost commitment to excellence. The galley is no different and superyacht chefs go above and beyond to become the best they can be, often pursuing unusu... Read More

Wellbeing at Work: Seafarer Happiness Index Results

Posted: 17th Apr 2018

Written by: Nautilus Int. - Andrew Linington

The Mission to Seafarers has launched its report on the findings of the Seafarer Happiness Index survey, which collates feedback on 10 key areas of life at sea, including mental and physical health, diet, rest, workloads, connecti... Read More

The World's Most Expensive Rosé: Château d'Esclans

Posted: 11th Apr 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

Château d'Esclans is a beautiful estate in the Var, it covers 260 ha of which 47 are planted with vines. The owner is Sacha Lichine, former owner of Château Prieurie Lichine in Margaux, Bordeaux. Sacha's philosophy is to make the ... Read More

Vintage Variations

Posted: 11th Apr 2018

Written by: Louise Sydbeck

Louise Sydbeck of Riviera Wine recognises that there is a lot of media hype, and commercial significance, around certain vintages. She guides us through the sometimes baffling question of vintage, explaining why it is important an... Read More

Luxury Hopitality Begins Behind the Scenes

Posted: 3rd Apr 2018

Written by: Nienke Oort

A lot of emphasis is put on delivering immaculate service on board, but impeccable housekeeping is just as important.“The importance of housekeeping is really underestimated”, says Renata of the Luxury Hospitality Academy. “It’s a... Read More

Female Experts in the Engine Room

Posted: 20th Mar 2018

Written by: Holland Yachting Group

Despite making the right noises, it can seem that the yachting industry is desperately slow to change: in British shipping just 1% of engineer officers are women, for example. But perhaps the pertinent question is whether the work... Read More

Superyacht Chef Sean Ballington

Posted: 11th Mar 2018

Written by: OnboardOnline

The 50m motor yacht ODESSA is available to charter in the Mediterranean this summer, with an amazing crew ready to lavish 7-Star service upon discerning charter guests. One of ODESSA's key attractions is Chef Sean Ballington who g... Read More

The Meaning of True Leadership

Posted: 11th Mar 2018

Written by: Peter Vogel, Luxury Hospitality Management

Here is a fact about leadership that no one really wants to talk about: It’s a lot bigger than just yourself. Sure, leadership can bring bigger paychecks and more notoriety in most cases, but that’s not even close to defining what... Read More

The Engineering Watchkeeper

Posted: 21st Feb 2018

Written by: Matt Hyde

The exact role of the engineering watchkeeper varies from vessel to vessel. A vessel's size, number of crew and weather are important factors, as are the expectations of the Chief Engineer or Captain. It can therefore be difficult... Read More

Stew Tips on Going Green - Part 3

Posted: 22nd Jan 2018

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

How many of us have the best of intentions of going green? The fact is that making changes to our behaviour to benefit the environment can be difficult. That's why ex-chief stew and trainer Isobel Odendaal is here to help, with fo... Read More

Raise the Bar: Beverage Speciality Course

Posted: 18th Jan 2018

Written by: Nienke Oort

Absorbing the lingo and comfortably telling the difference between sweet and dry wines is a good place to start, but to really feel confident in making a recommendation and selecting food and wine pairings only professional traini... Read More

Captain Cameron Lee on Developing EfficientSea

Posted: 18th Jan 2018

Written by: Sam Watson

Cameron Lee's game-changing EfficientSea App embodies the dictum that necessity is the mother of all invention. An experienced superyacht captain with over 85,000 sea miles under his belt, Lee was fed up with juggling paperwork an... Read More

Stew Tips on Going Green - Part 2

Posted: 16th Jan 2018

Written by: Isobel Odendaal

In part 2 of our overview of ecological cleaning techniques, Isobel Odendaal sings the praises of vinegar and has tips for cutting chemicals and waste in the laundry. In addition to reducing harm to marine life and decreasing wate... Read More

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