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Maritime Legal Issues and Abuse of Power!

Maritime Legal Advice! For years the yachting industry was just a fun and exciting place to work…. meeting amazing people, and going to glamorous destinations whilst being paid very well for doing so……..life was great!

I have had the absolute pleasure of working with some of the finest Captains on the seven seas and I would follow them until the end of the earth.

So what makes a good Captain?

A good Captain is :

  •  A strong leader
  • A good sailor (technically skilled, and one that I would trust with my life)
  • Fair in authority
  • A good manager
  • A good communicator

and finally an all-around nice person…

But then I changed yachts for career advancement and my whole view on the yachting industry changed! …and the rose-coloured glasses came crashing to the floor.

The yachting industry is like the “wild west”, with no “union” to play sheriff to some of the lawless Captains!

This is a topic that many people know about and that cuts deep to the bone, yet many turn a blind eye to the illegal activities that go on.

So what makes a bad Captain?

A bad Captain is:

  • Self-interested
  • Individualistic
  • Unmotivated
  • Who abuses his hierarchical control
  • One who is absent from all moral obligations, and exerts power over the lower rank crew members on a whim
  • Who is technically unskilled
  • Who is a poor manager
  • Who is a poor communicator

In addition to the above, a bad Captain is one, who will steal, lie, ignore and or take part in sexual harassment,  one who will use the vessel as if it was his own, not pay his crew, and steal some of the tip money off his crew.

If you have experienced any of the above and need legal advice, then contact Frank Benham at ETIC,

He specializes in giving advice and legal assistance to the yachting community and shipping industry including crew employment issues, charter agreements, purchase and sale agreements, ship repair and refurbishment contracts, casualties at sea and in port (to include crew injury or arrests).

Very helpful with any challenging French customs problems. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence and in the UK and has a PhD in Maritime Law.

Tel:+33(0)495 061 192
Fax: +33(0)491 462 028
Cell: +33(0)616 962 849
Email: contact@eticmar.com