The MCA is the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in the United Kingdom, the government body responsible for implementing the maritime safety policy in Britain and internationally and also the training and certification of UK seafarers. They are a member of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and they follow the criteria laid down by them. The equivalent’s in other countries would be AMSA (Australia), SAMSA (South Africa), US Coastguard (USA), for example.
The Professional Yachting Association is your voice in the industry and are well worth joining and supporting. They are a non-profit making Association who work tirelessly representing the yachting industry lobbying various authorities to improve this industry. The PYA have offices worldwide from the Med to the Caribbean, USA and Australasia. www.pya.org
GEPY (Groupement des Equipages Professionnels du Yachting) is the French equivalent of the PYA.
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