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Maritime NZ: Checking weather forecast can save your life

Maritime NZ is reminding boaties heading out on the water this Labour Weekend that checking the marine weather forecast could save their lives. 58% percent of Kiwi boaties said they check the marine forecast ‘every time’ prior to heading out, according to Ipsos research released earlier this week.

Maritime NZ: Boating safety in numbers

Maritime New Zealand issued its Ipsos 2018 Recreational Boating Survey, revealing that recreational boaties seem to behaving more safely, with a steady lifejacket wearing behaviour, more weather checking, taking two ways to call for help, and avoiding alcohol when going out on the water. 

Red Ensign Group Technical Forum explores regulatory challenges

The Red Ensign Group Technical Forum, being held on 9-10 October in Southampton, UK, and including delegates from the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey and the UK, is discussing the mechanics of sharing surveyor resources and exploring challenges of regulation.

Maritime NZ message for Safer Boating Week: Old lifejackets can fail

Ahead of New Zealand’s national Safer Boating Week (October 12-19), shipping regulatory agency Maritime NZ advised boaties to always check their lifejackets, because old lifejackets can fail. Manufacturers say lifejackets should be replaced after up to 10 years.

Port of Marseille Fos to accommodate mega yachts maintenance centre

The Port of Marseille Fos had launched a call for projects at the beginning of 2018 to attract proposals and start a general industrial project in the area of the Port known as the Mirabeau harbour. At the end of the process, Monaco Marine was selected, which presented a project for a maintenance and renovation centre dedicated to very large 90 to 133 meter yachts.

French fisheries patrol vessel rescues two yachtsmen

AMSA coordinated a multi-national search and rescue response after being informed of an injured solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy. A French fisheries patrol vessel rescued Abhliash Tom, while it also evacuated a second solo yachtsman, Gregor McGuckin, from the SV Hanley Energy Endurance.

Watch: Major fire destroys luxury yacht in Dubrovnik

In the morning hours of 7 September, the Maltese-flagged luxury yacht ‘Kanga’ suffered a major fire while off the cruise port of Dubrovnik, Croatia, with nine crew members and four passengers onboard. Initial reports suggest an electrical failure triggered the fire. 

USCG terminates cruiser voyage after operator found drunk

The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 35-foot cabin cruiser, after the operator was found boating under the influence of alcohol, Sunday in the Miami River. The station crew terminated the vessel’s voyage due to the operator failing both the field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests.

USCG ends yacht voyage due to unsafe operation

US Coast Guard and Seattle Fire Department personnel responded to and dewatered a vessel that was taking on water off Alki Beach, on Sunday August 26. The 48-foot yacht was later terminated because of unsafe operating conditions after the USCG found multiple violations in a post search and rescue boarding.

US flag superyachts now not subjected to commercial rules

American yacht owners are now able to carry an American flag and register their yachts – over 300 GT – in the US. The new legislation aims to modernize outdated laws and bring the US in line with current times. Until now, Yachts over the 300-GT limit were only able to fly the US flag if they were registered as a commercial vessel.


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