It has been five years in preparation, but Laurence Lewis has recently announced that YPI Crew has been awarded full MLC 2006 accreditation by the Lloyd’s Register.
Laurence Lewis, 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.
Laurence stated, “We could see that once in place, the MLC 2006 was going to affect the lives of yacht crew worldwide, I wanted to make sure YPI Crew was a major part of it from the start.”
The team has 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.
With two YPI Crew recruiters completing an intensive two-day training with GL Academia, Laurence’s aim has been to ensure every member of the team is trained to the highest standard on all aspects of the MLC.
Laurence also 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.”
She further explained, “It 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.”
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