STP & ACREW Superyacht Professional Development

On 12th – 13th March ACREW and STP Shipyard Palma celebrated their 3rd edition of the highly successful Superyacht Professional Development workshops for captains and crew. 18 free workshops were offered to crew at the APEAM Building by leading specialists

including; Medical Support Offshore, GAC Superyacht Services, Joanna Walton Flowers, RSB Rigging, Fuelcare, Atlante, No. 12 Fine Wines, Van Cappellen Consultancy, United Advisers Marine and The Galley Club. Crew also benefited from a high quality breakfast and lunch spread from ACREW’s catering partners NeKo, delicious wines from No 12 Fine Wines and energising coffee from Organo Gold.

The event was well attended, with 265 workshop attendees participating in the 18 workshops. With regard to the workshops, there were 4 sessions open to all crew, 2 sessions for Interior Crew, 3 sessions for Captains, 4 sessions for Engineers, 2 sessions for Deck Crew, 1 session for Chefs and off course the personal one 2 one sessions. You can see the full programme as well as the video from the event at


A look at our some of the workshops conducted at the ACREW & STP Superyacht Professional Development event

On both days of the event, Nicholas Stael von Holstein and Amanda Hewson from Medical Support Offshore (MSOS) facilitated first aid refreshers for all crew.  Medical kits were used to demonstrate how best to utilise the equipment in dealing with fractures. The demonstration focussed on utilizing Stretchers and Splinting devices that can be used to isolate an injury. Medical Support Offshore has thirty years experience in offering medical support and has supported iconic yacht races such as the Volvo Ocean Race. The services offered by MSOS are medical kits, 24/7 telemedical support and specialist medical training.

We are in a very particular time in the world of marine fuel and things are changing very fast because the United Nations (UN) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are advocating the reduction of emissions from vessels to reduce emissions that are harmful for both the environment and humans. As this is such a topical issue for captains and engineers there were 2 fuel focussed workshops during the event.


Firstly, Fuelcare delivered an interesting workshop on Marine Fuel Changes & Protecting Your Engine. The workshop examined changes in both fuel and the engine and how these will affect your vessel and its performance. This workshop also included engineering observations for superyachts and engineering protection for the future and a discussion on the changing fuel legislation in Europe.


GAC Superyacht Services gave an insightful workshop about fuel purchasing around the Med. The focus was about how yachts should be moving away from buying fuel just when it is required towards trying to plan fuelling options in advance, in order to benefit form the potential savings that can be achieved as a result of prior planning.  Murray from GAC used real life examples and lead a lively discussion well enjoyed by all the participants, most of whom were captains.


Palma Superyacht Show

ACREW are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the official captains and crew lounge at the Palma Superyacht Show, which will take place from the 30th April till the 4th of May 2015. The ACREW Lounge will provide signature CPD workshops throughout the yacht show. ACREW catering partners NeKo will be serving delicious snacks and lunch for all workshop attendees and visiting crew. Each day there will also be a happy hour for exhibiting and visiting crew.

Impact Crew will be running one of the workshops at the ACREW Lounge. Karen from Impact Crew will also share the results from the crew turnover survey recently conducted. The findings will prove to be very meaningful thanks to responses from almost 1000 crew. This workshop will discuss the current issues and challenges of retaining crew and what can be done. Come and share your views and experiences and help shape the future of the industry. Impact Crew is a training organisation whose aim is to inspire teams and leaders to realise their potential. Crew and leaders afloat today more than ever before, need to draw upon a vast range of skills, stamina and cultural tolerance. Impact Crew offers custom created programmes and events, designed to form crew into cohesive teams and enhance leadership capability aboard.


Alongside the workshops, there will be personal one2one sessions available with leading financial experts who can advise you on all aspects of personal planning, be it short, medium or long term needs, including personal savings, retirement planning, taxation planning, wills and protection.  ACREW will also collaborate with top careers experts who will be on-hand to provide invaluable careers advice.

The Crew & Exhibitors Party will take place on the final night of the show – Monday 4th May. Not only will the party be a lot of fun but also provides a great opportunity for inter-professional exchanges between crew and business experts.

Already getting excited for this great five-day event full of professional development opportunities? Register free at – and don’t forget to follow the latest developments on our Facebook page ACREW Yachting

ACREW Philosophy


At ACREW, we believe that together we should strive for the highest attainable standards of service and safety on board. We hope to achieve this mission through the provision of free workshops, panel discussions, one2one advice, networking opportunities and crew parties to enhance your professional and personal development during our events in yacht shows, shipyards and marinas.

Abi Wallace

M (+44) 7474 228782

Skype abi.acrew


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