Two female crew members, one holding rolled towels on a platter and another holding a tray with 3 glasses of champagne.

NERO Yacht Crew

NERO boasts a dedicated captain and crew of 20, including a personal trainer, masseuse, spa staff and a Michelin Star-level culinary team. NERO’s staff are experienced yachting professionals who, in addition to their formal roles, are dedicated to providing unrivalled hospitality to all of her guests. A NERO voyage is much more than luxury yachting — it’s a holistic, opulent experience you’ll never forget.

NERO Yacht Crew

NERO boasts a dedicated captain and crew of 20, including a personal trainer, beautician, masseuse and spa staff, and a Michelin-level culinary team. NERO’s staff are experienced yachting professionals who, in addition to their formal roles, are dedicated to providing unrivalled hospitality to all her guests. A NERO voyage is much more than luxury yachting — it’s a holistic, opulent experience you’ll never forget.

NERO Captain Marcel Busse

NERO Captain Marcel Busse

Credentials

  • Master of Yachts <3,000 GT
  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • Certificate in Hotel Management

Previous Vessels

  • M/Y Seahorse (52m)
  • M/Y Amadeus (70m)
  • M/Y Summerwind (44m)
  • M/Y Noble House (54m)

Captain Marcel Busse grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. Busse later moved to Knysna where he graduated from school, studied marketing management and served in the army. After studying hotel management, Busse became a manager at Protea Hotels and Shandelier Businessman’s Hotel Group.

In 1994, Busse moved to Holland where he began a career at an iconic architecture and design firm. His work brought him to a St. Tropez villa construction project where his interest in the yachting industry grew, aligning with his years of sailing experience and passion for hospitality. He soon became involved in yachting, working his way to captain of several motor yachts. Busse endeavours to provide an unrivaled and adventurous experience aboard NERO.

NERO Relief Captain David Pidgeon

NERO Relief Captain David Pidgeon

Credentials

  • Master of Commerce (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Laws

Previous Vessels

  • M/Y Meamina (59m)
  • M/Y Lady Ann Magee (49m)
  • M/Y Va Bene (48m)

Relief Captain David Pidgeon was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Pidgeon began sailing in his teenage years through the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Youth Training Programme. He later studied law at the University of Auckland and practiced commercial law for 4 years before earning a Master of Commerce degree.

Pidgeon discovered the yachting industry in 2002 while in the South of France and began his career as a deckhand, eventually working up to captain. Pidgeon has 15 years of charter yacht experience including an Atlantic crossing and 2 Suez Canal to Indian Ocean crossings in armed naval convoys.

NERO Chief Engineer Adrian Coetsee

NERO Chief Engineer Adrian Coetsee

Credentials

  • Chief Engineer Officer III/1 & III/2
  • MCA Yachtmaster Offshore
  • PWC Instructor

Previous Vessels

  • M/Y Elysian (60m)
  • M/Y Moka (50m)
  • M/Y Galileo G (57m)
  • M/Y Gioconda (34m)
  • M/Y Force India (50m)
Chief Engineer Adrian Coetsee was born in South Africa, but grew up in England. Coetsee’s racing and sailing career in the Solent opened up a path into the yachting industry. Coetsee has experience aboard small and large yachts, both motor and sail. He travelled extensively on charter yachts as well, sailing the Mediterranean, U.S. East Coast, the Caribbean, Middle East, Maldives plus Atlantic and Pacific crossings.

NERO Chief Engineer II Stephen Johnson

Nero Chief Engineer II Stephen Johnson

Credentials

  • Chief Engineer Officer III/1 & III/2
  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • Phase 1 & 2 Maritime Diploma SQA

Previous Vessels

  • M/Y Planet Nine (74m)
  • M/Y Azteca (72m)
  • M/Y Perpetual (30m)
Chief Engineer II Stephen Johnson was born and raised in Skegness, Lincolnshire, U.K., a small tourist town. From a young age, Johnson was interested in engineering, getting his start in the family business of manufacturing springs. Later, Johnson attended South Shields College for marine training. While volunteering at a local lifeboat station, he decided to pursue a career in yachting. Johnson is eminently qualified and has worked aboard several large motor yachts.