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4 Safety & Security Yacht Safety is one of the most compelling arguments for using professional yacht management. “The protection of life, property and the marine environment will always be our number one concern,” states Mark Binnie. “We are constantly improving our systems in light of changing legislation and in response to incidents.” The Burgess Safety Management System is well established and effective and operated entirely ‘in-house’ by our highly experienced team of shipping and yachting professionals, unrivalled in the yachting industry. ” Yacht Security is governed under The International Ship and Port facility Security (ISPS) regulations, which impose certain security disciplines aboard commercial yachts. Properly implemented, ISPS helps to protect yachts from unauthorised boarding and pilfering, and offers improved privacy and protection to guests cruising on board. Using Burgess to manage safety and security systems will not only protect those on board, but can also reduce insurance costs. 5 Crew Services Crew salaries account for around 50% of a yacht’s operating costs. By handling all aspects of crew employment, including payroll, Burgess Crew Services helps to control this major overhead. With a high quality service for mail, leave, travel arrangements and career development, it is possible to maintain a happy and efficient crew for whom money is not the only motivation. Crew turnover is also costly. Replacing an engineer or chief steward can cost up to 20% of the crew member’s annual salary, while the cost of recruiting a captain varies enormously. Burgess receives CVs every day from potential candidates, and has the knowledge to match the right captain to the right yacht. “With the imminent implementation of the Marine Labour Convention (MLC), crew Finding the right captain with good crew management skills turnover dramatically. ” GOOD TO KNOW can reduce crew costs and on commercial yachts must be employed through a proper structure and offered appropriate and legally acceptable employment terms and conditions,” notes Mark. Using Burgess ensures compliance; distancing the owner from the liabilities of crew employment. From Marine Operations to Crew Services, via Technical Management, Accounts, and Safety & Security, there are clearly tangible economic benefits to using professional yacht management. Mark Binnie concludes: “Burgess Yacht Management will improve the cost-effectiveness of the whole operation, and ensure that money is not wasted in running your yacht to first-class standards.” The principle of cost certainty also applies to the way Burgess Yacht Management charges for services. A fixed monthly management fee replaces the multiple commissions, fees and invoices that arise in other models and any out-of-office expenses are charged at cost. This is a simple, transparent and predictable way of doing business. Not investing in a proper safety management system could result in the total loss of the yacht, or even loss of life. yacht management { 96 }


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