Chief engineer
A great professional and hardworking person who keeps you informed all through the hiring process. Very responsive and great to do business with.
I am always happy to have professional contact with Ella.
Paul Cresswell

“Ella runs a top notch crew agency that as I regard as one of the highest in the industry.”

Roland Lehmann
Fleet Manager Yacht/Cruise/Commercial

Excellent service, trustfull, pro active. Capt. Roland lehmann

Oleg Sergeev
Technical director at Triumph yachts

Every time, when you require assistance with crew search you can receive a prompt service from Ella. Also, in hot time, when each minutes cost like gold!

Hefin  Lewis Rowlands
Captain at Freelance

I first made contact with Ella in 2011 when we were recruiting crew for a 110m yacht. She is very polite , reliable and has integrity. Understands our requirements when recruiting crew. Highly recommended.  Capt Hefin

Matt Shilton

Ella helped me secure my first permanent position on an 83m M/Y. She has a no fuss approach and kept me well informed of the process and stages leading up to my employment. Recommend highly.

Apostol Pirev
Apostol Pirev
Chief Engineer

Ella Smirnova and Proangels offer a professional and competent service, demonstrating a serious attitude & in depth knowledge of the clients requirements. They have a huge database of professional and qualified crew members and their interview process allows for a simple phone call knowing the best results per the owners requirements will be met . I do not hesitate to recommend Ella’s services to both parties-crew and employers.

Juergen Mais
Master Mariner

Ella Smirnova is supporting us in the Crewing of our Yacht since 2011. We will continue to rely on her. Capt. Juergen Mais. M/Y Vive la Vie

Christopher Hezelgrave
Maritime Captain and Administrator

“Ella offers a professional and competent service, demonstrating a serious attitude & in depth knowledge of the clients requirements”

Andy Baxter
Mega Yachts

“Ella is quick to react to an enquirey and always provides a wide range of candidates for the role on offer.”

Svein Pedersen
Owner -Sp Marine Consulting

“Its my pleasure to highly recommend Ella as a provider of yacht personnel. Always willing to go the extra mile and very accurate and efficient in her work. I thoroughly enjoy co-operating with Ella/Proangels Ltd. ” Svein Pedersen. Owner Sp Marine Consulting (yacht recruiting). http://www.yachtrecruiting.no

William Dobson
Managing Director at Chef William Dobson Personal Chef Services for Super Yachts and Private Villas

“Ella has always managed to help me find great work. She gets first class clients and matches them with first class candidates. A true industry leader in her field!”

Erik Babnik
Class 1 commercial unlimited engineer

“Ella will do her best to make your customers happy, my recommendation”

Jasmine Hadler
Chief Stew/Crew Cook

“To those people who are looking for a job, i would recommend Ella of Proangels, she got me a job on a good yacht and i’m happy working on board until now. Thank you so much Ella for your great help and more power to your company!”

To Ella and Proangels team:

To achieve the best results within this industry there is nothing more important than providing the best service available. Being the manager of 56 m S/Y Burrasca, 30 m M/Y Ladies First and 31 m M/Y Newcastle Explorer the key rule is to provide the best well established crew available. Every owner wants to feel their service is second to none and the more diverse the crew skills are the more results I achive.

This brings me to Proangels, run by Ella Smirnova and her staff. They are offering  worldwide the ability for the Captain/Manager and Owner to feel that when a vessel travels so far away from the usual hubs and support networks, that there will be at all times the back up of well trained crew. Proangels have a huge database of professional and qualified crew members and their interview process allows for a simple phone call knowing the best results per the owners requirements will be met. I have been involved with Proangels since five years and I am recommending them to my friends and collegues. After this, I have constantly passed on Ella’ services to captains abroad and have guided crew wanting to start within the industry on to Proangels.

Proangels take the worry of finding the best possible crew away from us and I can only wish them to continue this way and will look forward to working closely with them for a long time ahead.

Evgeniya Astakhova, Manager of S/Y Burrasca, M/Y Newcastle Explorer and M/Y Ladies First


reverie-yachtM/Y  Reverie, Benetti, Cayman Islands Flag, Length: 70m, Beam: 12,50m,  Power: 2 x 2,000 HP Caterpillar

Dear Ella!

Marc and Victoria are great. Very pleasant personalities and great work attitudes. Thank you for finding them.

Kind Regards
Purser M/Y Reverie

M/Y  Gaja, Hotchuya 35NC, Russia, Cayman Islands Flag, Length: 35m, Beam: 7,50m,  Power: 2 x 558 HP Caterpillar 3406E Diesel

Дорогая Элла,

Кстати, хочу Вас поблагодарить за ст. меха Беземского, очень им доволен, у нас для механика лодка не простая, плюс много всяких нюансов и по технике и по гостям. Он со всеми вопросами прекрасно справляется.

С уважением, Олег Сергеев


M/Y  Alexandria, Ocea Commuter 108, France, Luxembourg Flag, Length: 33m, Beam: 6,30m,  Power: 2 x 600 HP Detroit Diesel

Dear Mss. Smirnova,
We have finally decide to contract Mss. Aysun Aydin to complete our crew from the 5th of June till the 20th of September.
Her salary will be 4000€ per month.
Thank you very much for all your effort, you were very helpful.
Best regards.
Julio Pedreira.
Captain of M/Y Alexandria.


M/Y  Harbour Moon, Heesen Yachts, Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Length: 44m, Beam: 8,50m, Gross Tonnage: 409, Power: 2 x 3046 HP MTU

I contacted Ella looking for an Engineer, she was very professional, listened to what my requirements were and tailored the potential candidates for the position available.  I was then sent references which had been check by her.  I will use Pro Angels again and would recommend them to other yachts.  Their rates are very competitive.

Nick Simmons

Captain of M/Y “Harbour Moon”


M/Y  ASET, Mangusta 130, Kingstown, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Official #: 40402, Length: 39.65m, Beam: 7.76m, Gross Tonnage: 265, Power: 2 x MTU V16 4000 2720kW

To whom it may concern.

The following document is a letter of reference for the crew placement & management company Proangels.

It is my pleasure to give this letter of recommendation for Proangels, who are on hand to provide excellent choice of candidates for stewardess position on the yachts. Ella is always ready to present qualitative CVs, responding quickly to our demands on a daily, weekly and ongoing basis as needed. Ella and her team are very professional and provide client  tailored service. Proangels are my first port of call for any crew recruiting as I am sure I would get the appropriate attention and get a good result, without wasting my time. The great advantage of Ella is that she is open, honest to the client and always meets the deadlines. Proangels are the first agency I met in the yacht industry that offered their placement services to such competitive prices.

I wish we would continue working with Proangels.

Nazarova Marina

ASET Manager

Reference letter ASET


M/Y  Achilles, CRN Spa, Italy/Ancona, Cayman Islands, Length: 55m, Beam: 7m, Gross Tonnage: 558, Power: 2 x 2200 HP Deutz

Hi Ella,

I had an interview with Clyde on Friday and called him today for a cooking trial. He was very well presented both during the interview and trial. He also has a good personality and attitude. I have decided to offer him the job starting from the 8th of November 2011 with a 3 months probation period.

I shall copy you in when I send him the employment contract, crew agreement and Masters standing orders.

Thanks and Best Regards



M.Y. Achilles


M/Y Metsuyan IV, CBI Navi, Cayman Islands, Lengh: 36,20 m, Beam: 8 m, Gross Tonnage 369, Power: 2 x 535 HP MTU 78 kW

When in urgent need of crew, Ella and the Proangels team were very quick to respond, proposing candidates that met my requirements.  With no ‘extras’ that did not meet the qualification or experience requirements. Ella had obviously done her home work providing well suited candidates and then kept in touch until I was able to find the people I needed.  An excellent service with a clear personal touch.

Clive Carrington-Wood


M/Y Silver Dream, Warren Yachts, Cayman Islands, Lengh: 44 m, Beam: 8,50 m, Gross Tonnage 395, Power: 2 x 1,350 HP Caterpillar 1,007 kW

Dear Ella,

I have decided to offer the position as Chief Engineer on Silver Dream to Vladimir Kozlov. Vladimir has just booked his flight and will be joining us on 12th February in Sanremo, Italy.

Thanks for you help with filling this position.

Kind regards,

Steve Smith

Capt M/Y Silver Dream


Cyrus Yachts 33, Lengh: 33,20 m, Beam: 7,10 m, Gross Tonnage 195, Power: 2XCaterpillar Inc C32 1249kW

It is my pleasure to give this letter of recommendation for the crew placement & management company Proangels. M/Y “Perla Nero” has been using the services of Proangels whilst we have been cruising in the Med. We have used their crew placement services to employ both temporary and permanent crew. Ella and her team have always been quick and efficient in finding suitable candidates. They obviously have a large database of international qualified and experienced individuals and their fees system is amazing and very competitive to the industry. Ella and her team have always been a pleasure to work with and have always been very professional in their dealings with us. Based on our past relationship, we will continue to use Proangels services during our future travels and we will certainly recommend this company to colleagues and friends.

Tatyana Timofeeva

Manager of M/Y “Perla Nero”


Hi Ella, 
Thank you so much! 
I’m really excited about it, I think it will be a great job. 
I’m waiting to hear back from the boat, but should be starting late next week. 
Thank you so much for your support and communication, really appreciate it. 
I will be in touch, 
Kind regards, 



Dear Ella,

I suppose to join the vessel on 11th July. Agreed salary is 4000 EUR.

I’m very grateful, this is the second job you have given me. I aslo wish you success in very direction you move.

Best Regards




Hi Ella, how are you? I will join the boat next week, I am very excited for this job opportunity. Thank you so much for your help. I couldnt wish for a better boat. Great crew, great itinerary, so happy. Have a great day.

Kind Regard.

Jelena Rajcevic


Hi Ella,

Cool I have talked to her this morning…she is nice and… suitable…good one. I hired Linda!!

If all is good I let her start on May 1st. in Palma, when we arrive.

She is on a day rate of 150.-€

Thanks for a great job you did…love working with you.

Have a nice weekend where ever you are!
Best Regards


Dear Ella,

Just to inform You that I have arrived in Greece yesterday. Today was my first working day on yacht. Thank You once again for this opportunity. I will give 110% of myself. Hope we will stay in touch. Wish You all the best.

Warm Regards

Velimir Zanze


Hi Ella!

Sorry for not replying yesterday. Fantastic news, I got the job and I received my offer letter today. I’m so chuffed. Thank you so so much for all of your help, your patience and your contestant and speedy reply to emails.



Hi Ella,

I’m fine and you? I hope very well 🙂

I found position as second engineer on board 44m and right now I am crossing to the Caribbean, sorry for not having contacted you and let you know.

Many thanks for having me in consideration for the position.

I hope to meet you in the future if our paths cross, wish you the best and keep up the excellent work you do, which for us is a big help.
Kind Regards,

José Caballero


Hello Ella!
I did not get the chance to thank you for placing me on M/Y Stargate! Working there with Cpt. John and Chief Stew Monica was great! I have attached to my e-mail an updated CV hoping that if you will have a job that you think I might be suitable for you will contact me! Thank you very much!
Kind regards


Dear Ella,

Good day to you and how are you??

I am onboard MY Newcastle Explorer here in Thailand for almost 2 weeks now. I want to say Thank You very much for your help. I am doing the cooking and as stewardess at the same time.

Once again, Thank You and have a great day.

Truly Yours,



Dear Ella,
I am coming back to you with the BIGGEST THANKS EVER!!!!!
Probably you know already that I am hired by m/y Oxygen in position of the 2nd stewardess.
Since yesterday’s morning I was on the phone with yacht’s Captain Jason and chief stewardess Krisztina as well as the owner.
Tomorrow I will fly to Nice to join the yacht.
You are the best Ella Smirnova in the world!!:)
I will try my best to show myself from the best side. Moreover, I will be back to you with my “SPECIAL THANKS” closer to my vacation time.
Once again I would like to thank you kindly.
See You in a while.
Best regards,
Marina Cernikova


Dear Ella,

I would like to let you know that I joined the M/Y Al Mirqab II. I wish you Marry Christmas and Happy and Successful New Year. Thank you very much for everything.

Best Regards.Miljan


Hi Ella,

Thank you very much for putting me forward for this position. Following discussions with the Owner’s representative I have taken the position and am flying to PNG on Monday to join MY Newcastle Explorer as Captain.
Kind regards and thanks again!

Paul Cresswell


Hello, Dear Ms. Ella!

Elena Ivanisova bothering you again, sorry. Thank you very much for our positive and bright conversation, really appreciate your time, devoted patience and attention! Just now had a nice talk with Captain on M/Y Aset. I’m really grateful for the way he present me the job, the information and advices he has provided. I stayed very enthusiastic and positive regarding our conversation. And would consider it an honor to work with Your Team and would try to do my best in order to justify yours/captains/owner’s expectations and requirements! I look forward to hearing from you concerning your hiring decision! Thank you very much for your support and consideration!! Have a great and fun weekend!!

Regards and all the best, Truly, Yours, Elena


Hello Ella!

First of all l want to thank you for giving me the oportunity to work for the great owner of this yacht. Yes, l am available but for the moment l am in Romania, l came here for few days, if this will not be a problem.

Thank you so much and l wait for your answer.

Best Regards,


Dear Mrs. Smirnova,

just to update my status, I spoke with the Captain of M/Y Luna and I’m going to board on the 23rd of October. I would like to use this opportunity to thank you very much for your time and help.

Best Regards

Teodora Raykova



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