Should Management Be Onboard More Often?

Yachting is an interesting industry, one of a kind some would say. It’s not quite the straight and narrow by the book as the commercial world is, however it is starting to catch up.

As yacht crew, how often do you actually see members of your management companies?

The management company is busy with the support service provided to aid the captain and crew with the day to day running of the vessel, including but not limited to the following:

  • Safety management (ISM and ISPS)
  • Crew management
  • Operational support
  • Technical management and support
  • Financial control and services
  • Logistical support
  • Certification and compliance
  • Administration
  • Project management

We get it, they have a lot on their plate but they also tend to have a wide range of experienced staff on-hand to assist when and where required. Apart from internal audits, it’s very unusual to actually see the Management Company on-board. It’s usually just emails and calls back and forth to the captain.

Would it be nicer to have them come onbaord and see the actual issues and problems that are going on? Sure it would. Is a quick visit every couple of months too much to ask? I don’t think so. How many multimillion dollar industries do you see that don’t have weekly meetings with management each week? My guess is not many.

Location plays a big part as management companies can be based all over the world (often the other side of the world from the superyacht), however it’s not hard to move or setup shop for the season closer to the yachts. Doesn’t necessarily have to be the full team however more hands on-deck to address the problems as and when they arise would make the captains and crews life onboard easier with an overall more smooth running of the vessel.

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