As part of its standard superyacht industry recruitment service, Quay Crew have partnered with
CrewPass to include detailed criminal background checks for crew and yachting professionals.
Owners, yachts, management companies and the wider yachting sector will be given the option to
have successful candidates go through the extensive process at no additional cost to them.
A number of recruitment agencies have already integrated with CrewPass, allowing candidates to set
themselves apart from the competition with an Approved status, or offering it to employers at cost,
but this is the first partnership to include background checks as part of the standard recruitment fee.
This means that clients could save £199 per candidate – the current cost to have the checks
processed with CrewPass.
The CrewPass service includes criminal background checks, ID verification and certification validity of
individuals, resulting in an approved certification lasting two years. As a result, this partnership will
also benefit unchecked candidates too, who are able to proactively sign up themselves at a cost of
£9.99 per month.
Tim Clarke, co-founder and Director at Quay Crew, said: “The safety of yacht owners, their families
and guests has always been of paramount importance, but as the yachting sector and its recruitment
and referencing processes mature, a growing number of yachts are now requiring full criminal
background checks of crew.
“We’ve always following a stringent referencing and document validity process, but this added level
of due diligence offered in partnership with CrewPass goes that extra mile.
“When yachts put it into perspective, background-checking staff is an excellent way of protecting
vulnerable groups onboard with whom crew interact on a one-to-one basis such as children. Simple
reference checks are not sufficient to fully comprehend a candidate’s suitability or history.
“Even on land, employers should feel confident that they are doing everything to ensure the safety
of their business, existing employees and clients/customers.”
UHNW security needs
CrewPass was created to specifically benefit the superyacht industry, unlike other more generic
background-checking companies. It caters checks to the yachting industry to provide a more
bespoke service to satisfy yacht crew, recruiters and clients as well as the peace of mind of yacht
Conrad Empson, Managing Director of CrewPass, added: “Yachting is, by its very nature, an
international and fluid industry, with people frequently moving around the world. This can make it
fairly easy to take on new identities, leaving entire lives behind, with no straightforward global
protocol to follow for background checks.
“With Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) individuals having a net worth in excess of $30m, they are
often targets of crime. And following Covid, many have sought the isolation, solitude and freedom
that owning a superyacht can offer, which is why there has been such a flurry of build and brokerage
“It’s therefore paramount to ensure those yacht owners, and anyone operating in the industry, are
afforded the top level of security from the people who work with and for them.”
The exclusive partnership takes effect immediately.
About Quay Crew
Since being established in 2013, Quay Crew has placed over 1,800 candidates on more than 350
prestigious superyachts and worked in partnership with some of the world’s leading boat builders
and yacht management companies.
The team, based in Poole, UK, has 60+ years’ combined onboard experience, plus an additional 45
years’ recruitment expertise.
United in our efforts to service both clients and candidates equally, we favour quality over quantity,
making the right match through consultation, thorough due diligence, and verbal referencing –
significantly reducing the risk and cost of a bad hire.
This approach facilitates long-lasting and high-performing relationships for an exceptional onboard
experience all round.
From the bridge to the engine room and the deck to the galley, we recruit at all levels from green
crew with certified potential to experienced Heads of Departments and Captains.
With a dedicated New Build and Land department too, we provide complete recruitment solutions
for the entire sector.
Our mission is to not only attract but also retain the best talent in the sector through actively
promoting diversity and inclusion, longevity and progression both at sea and on land.
We do this by following best practice recruitment methods and continuously improving standards
through education, research, market insights and progressive partnerships.
In addition to our third-party partnerships with organisations such as LegaSea, Young Professionals
in Yachting, The Crew Academy and CrewPass, we also provide all placed candidates with free access
to a 24/7 helpline run by qualified clinical psychologists at Mental Health Support Solutions (MHSS),
with whom they recently published their mental health report – Mental Health Onboard: The State
of the Superyacht Sector.
CrewPass Accreditation will be included in the full standard recruitment fee for clients who want it.