The PYA made an announcement earlier this year stating that crew applying for an NoE need to use a recognized Service Record book, or they will experience delays with the MCA.  Here is what you need to know…

The PYA announcement on at the beginning of the year:

From January 2017, the MCA strongly encourages crew applying for a NoE to use a recognised Service Record Book (issued by the PYA)… Those crew using individual testimonials are likely to experience delays as the MCA will need to verify these in detail, hence the MCA’s new arrangement.” By Bryony McCabe February 3, 2017- view article


However, if you do not have a PYA issued Service Record Book, you can still use individual testimonials…  They will need to be verified before being submitted to the MCA for a fee and the PYA charges 60 euros per testimonial with a 100 euro minimum.  

The official marine information notice  (MIN 543) issued by the MCA, outlining this new procedure, states that as of May 24th, 2017, seafarers working in the large yacht sector are required to support applications, for Notices of Eligibility (NoE) and for the renewal of Certificates of Competency, with sea service testimonials verified by either the PYA or Nautilus International or a competent and authorized organization.  

To further clarify the notice: The MCA will continue to provide direct verification of sea service on individual applications but seafarers must note that the response time may be subject to operational delays and will not be included in the normal MCA service standards. The MCA may take 160 days to process applications that do not include a completed PYA or Nautilus Record Book. We may return applications where sea service is not broken down as per section 4 of MSN 1858 for Deck Officers or Section 4.8 of MIN 524 for Engineers. This will result in additional courier costs to be covered by the seafarer.

The MCA currently accepts the following documentation as evidence of sea service:

  •  Merchant Navy discharge book supported by verified yacht service testimonials.
  •   Certificates of discharge supported by verified yacht service testimonials.
  •   The Professional Yachting Association Service Record Book.
  •   Nautilus Service Record book.

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