MCA allows twin crew cabins on superyachts over 3000 GT (18 July 2013)

After extensive consultation with superyacht industry stakeholders and social partners, the MCA has agreed to allow twin cabins to be built for non-officer seafarers on Large Commercial Yachts of between 3000 and 5000gt. This decision is based upon a set of substantially equivalent arrangements proposed by SYBAss on behalf of its members, the world’s leading superyacht builders.

Version 3 of The Large Commercial Yacht Code (LY3) includes the substantially equivalent Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) regulations established for large yachts. Members of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) have proven that LY3 yachts over 3000gt would be disproportionately affected by the LY3 rule which states that all seafarers should have their own single cabin. This arrangement is very uncommon on superyachts where the comfort levels for crew are significantly higher than on commercial vessels in many other ways.

«It is clear from our studies that large yacht crew members would not benefit from the application of this single cabin rule in our sector of the industry,» explains SYBAss technical director Chris van Hooren. «To reduce the considerable economic impact of single cabins, yacht designers would likely opt for minimum MLC-standard cabins. Onboard yachts over 3000 GT such cabins would have awkward dimensions with recessed bunks and no ensuite sanitary facilities. This would actually lead to crew having lower standards of comfort than is currently the case on superyachts.» (, 12 July 2013)

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