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The future of sustainable yacht clothing is here....

Billions of items of clothing are produced and sold every year. Once finished with, most are thrown away. A truck load of clothing goes to landfill every second of the day. Within the yachting industry we have all witnessed the dumping of wasted, used and even new yacht clothing. To make a difference, Alex left his position as a Chief Officer and created Circular Maritime, a clothing company dedicated to true sustainability. He spent countless hours working on solutions to avoid waste within the industry, knowing all along that the solutions could not be achieved by one human alone. But he had to start somewhere. The most used item of clothing in the super yacht industry is the t-shirt. It nearly always carries the business or yacht logo on both front and back. Every yacht Alex wor...

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Can I still get work on a Superyacht with a tattoo?

  As an online superyacht crew recruitment platform, we often get asked if tattoos are a barrier to getting work onboard a luxury vessel?  Like most walks of life, superyacht owners come from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life themselves. So I strongly believe there will always be a yacht for every type of yachtie. Owners who like tattoos, owners who don't and those who are completely indifferent either way! What I would say though, is that visible tattoos can reduce the number of roles you might be successful in applying for, due to the fact that some boats have a no visible tattoo policy. The superyacht industry is renowned for being particular, to say the least.  It's a popular career choice, so there's lots of competition for...

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What's the impact of Brexit on UK Superyacht crew?

Ok, so we're the other side of Brexit. UK is no longer part of the EU. And UK crew working on superyachts and shoreside around the world have questions.  We hope the following helps answer a few of them: An overview from 1st Jan 2021: Unless you hold a VISA or residency for a specific EU country, UK citizens can only stay in the EU for tourist purposes or work for 90 days in a 180-day period. UK citizens must (from the 1st January 2021) have their passport stamped in and out of each EU country, when visiting member EU countries. UK citizens must hold a passport valid for up to 10 years, with at least 6 months before it expires. If I entered the EU before 31st December, I didn't get stamped in. How do I stamp out? As a UK national, from outside the EU, you can ...

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Is buying a yacht a good investment?

Owning a luxury yacht is a lifestyle choice. Spending time with family and friends on board your yacht, enjoying the scenery, basking in the sunshine, a glass of Krug in hand is precious time you've earned. But how can you be sure owning a luxury yacht a sound financial investment? Did you know that the ongoing upkeep and maintenance costs of your yacht will probably equate to about 10% of the price you paid for it? The good news is that you shouldn't be subjected to the same level of depreciation you'd expect from buying cars and more traditional boats.  Luxury yachts, if well maintained, do tend to hold their value.  But well maintained is the key phrase here!  As with anything, certain models, yacht designers, marine architects, boat builders and manufac...

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How to get a job on a superyacht without any experience?

Check out Yotspot's 5 Step Plan. We've all got to start somewhere. Superyachts do take on people with no prior experience, you've just got to be willing to work hard, work long hours, keep smiling, be polite and agree to take on an entry-level job, so you can learn on the job.   Positions like; stewardess, steward, cook or junior deckhand.  All jobs currently listed on our Yotspot jobs board today. It's an incredibly popular industry to work in, especially for ambitious individuals; flexible enough to travel, keen to gain experience and eager to see the world. So, let's get started… Hop on the Yotspot jobs page, walk the docks or visit local agents Polish and perfect your CV/resume (the Yotspot team are on hand to  help if y...

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What to expect from life at sea?

Welcome to the world of superyachts If you're looking for work on a superyacht then this is the place to start.  Your online jobs board where recruitment agencies, yacht captains and owners advertise jobs and meet thousands of potential superyacht crew.  Together, we've walked the docks, earned our sea hours and asked the experts, "what do you wish you'd known before you got your first superyacht job?"   YOTSPOT Yotspot's online jobs board has been developed to make it as simple as possible to create your very own online profile, find out about training and latest courses as well as apply for hundreds of jobs advertised at any one time.   And because we've made it super easy for crew Captains and Owners/employers to...

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First Recycled Product from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

2 years ago, 18th October 2018 to be precise, we featured the Ocean Clean Up's launch  of System 001, AKA Wilson.  About to be towed out from San Francisco Bay, for it's intermediary trial before heading a further 1200 miles offshore to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – the largest accumulation of trash in the world. 2 years on, we're thrilled to report that The Ocean Clean Up team have not only continued their work, but overcome what could have been an absolute disaster, to develop their first product made entirely from recycled plastics recovered from the Patch. After initially high hopes for Wilson, the team got a call in early 2019 reporting that plastics were starting to drift out of the system and that Wilson had broken into 2 parts and nee...

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Why PDSD rather than PSA onboard a Superyacht? Security Duties or Security Awareness training.

Why PDSD rather than PSA onboard a Superyacht? Security Duties or Security Awareness training. Working onboard a ISPS code compliant vessel, crew are often required to engage in some form of security duties as part of the ship's security plan.  The Proficiency in Designated Securities (STCW A-VI/6-2) instead of Security Awareness (STCW A-VI/6-1) is recommended. This will enhance your prospects of employment as well as career progression and not losing out on a chance to get hired (if you only have the Security Awareness certification, you may be minimizing your opportunities). The UK MCA Approved Designated Security Duties (PDSD) Course for Superyacht Crew & Staff can be completed 100% online with the award winning company virsec.org  https://rb.gy/dpsrnc from th...

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Cyber Security Awareness for Seafarers

Vessel navigation and propulsion systems, cargo handling and container tracking systems at ports and on board ships, and shipyard inventories and automated processes, are all controlled using software that is fundamental to smooth running operations. Highly-skilled, non-ethical hackers continue to demonstrate their ability to penetrate systems that are used by the maritime industry, with potentially disastrous consequences. Events over the last four years continue to suggest that these types of systems are growing increasingly vulnerable to these forms of attack, resulting in extremely costly results for the sector.   VIRSEC hade developed a course is designed to provide the user, who is at any level in the company or on board ship, with a firm grounding in Maritime Cyb...

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Maturity

After many years in the military and at sea you begin to see what is relevant to accomplishing your job or mission and what is irrelevant. Close confinement with different types of people mandate that you realize other's points of view. How do they reference the world, how do they see you? Friction or disagreement with others in your crew is not a reason to lose sight of the job. An unpleasant person can be treated like any other obstacle to be overcome. Bad weather, deal with it. A broken water purifier, deal with it. Faulty air conditioner, deal with it. Loud, complaining shipmate, deal with it. Your job on board still needs to be done. At some point though, competent management and good leadership are essential for crew function. An unpleasant shipmate that threatens the well-being o...

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