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Offshore Yacht Crew Employment & Payroll

Introduction

The purpose of this guide is to provide background on the employment and payroll of yacht crew from an offshore location as a method of simplifying a complicated situation for yacht owners and to introduce the services of Oceanskies Crew Limited which is our own dedicated provider of offshore crew employment and payroll.

Background

The employment and payment of permanent crew working and living onboard yachts is complicated. The jurisdiction of a yacht’s ownership, registration and homeport will often differ.

The personal circumstances of each crew member in terms of where they are domiciled, where they might be resident, (if they have an ‘onshore’ residence), and where they might be liable to pay tax and/or account for social security will be different.

Throw in the often perpetual movement of many yachts between different countries and continents and suddenly a yacht owner is faced with a variety of complex jurisdictional issues in terms of employment law and the payment of tax and national insurance on behalf of the crew who work onboard their vessel.

In an effort to help simplify arrangements Oceanskies has developed a unique dedicated offshore crew employment vehicle based on the Channel Island of Guernsey.

The vehicle is known as ‘Oceanskies Crew Limited’ (“OCL”), a Guernsey based limited liability company.

OCL has been established on a clean sheet basis to operate from its inception within the requirements of the Marine Labour Convention 2006 (“MLC”) environment which applies to all commercial yachts and is recommended best practice for all private yachts. OCL will become fully certified and audited to MLC standards prior to the convention coming into force during 2013.

The yacht owner will usually enter into a contract with OCL for the provision of crew employment and payroll services for their yacht.

In cases where a third party yacht manager is involved it is possible to have a tripartite agreement clearly apportioning responsibility between the manager and OCL so that the employment and payroll services can easily be dovetailed into the vessel’s existing management structure.

The yacht owner and/or yacht manager funds OCL on a monthly standing order to cover each crew member’s salary plus costs.

Advantages

The key advantages of our crew employment service are as follows:

Fees

As with all of Oceanskies’s services, crew recruitment, placement and employment is offered on a fixed fee basis and not linked to the value of the yacht or a crewmember’s salary.

Next Steps

Please do not hesitate to contact us to request a free no obligation quotation from Oceanskies to provide a complete non-EU offshore crew employment and payroll service.

 

Relevant Guides

Offshore Yacht Crew Employment & Payroll
Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) & Yachts
French social security obligations for Yacht Crew working onboard yachts flying the French flag or residing in France
Social Security for Yacht Crew Working on Malta Registered Yachts

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27 October 2020 at 10:48

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27 October 2020 at 10:48

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27 October 2020 at 10:47

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19 October 2020 at 20:04

Very pleased to kick off a new week here at Oceanskies HQ by welcoming this @sunseeker_int Sunseeker 75 Yacht motor yacht registered under the red ensign by Oceanskies to the Boatworks+ fuel berth outside our offices in a sunny St. Peter Port for fuel and customs #Guernsey pic.twitter.com/zq5obdQHCD

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16 October 2020 at 14:54

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15 October 2020 at 07:18

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