Two people have been successfully rescued after a cargo vessel and a yacht collided off Dungeness, Kent, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, according to data provided by the HM Coastguard, which received a Mayday from the yacht following the accident.
The US Coast Guard in cooperation with commercial salvage, rescued 10 people on board a disabled and adrift vessel Monday 9 miles west of Bimini, Bahamas. The cutter ‘Paul Clark’ arrived on the scene of the incident and embarked eight people with no injuries. The US Coast Guard Cutter ‘William Flores’ also embarked two more people.
The blue card system for the disposal of waste now applies to all yachts, as well as to foreign flagged yachts which opt to stay in Turkish waters for over 3 days. Yacht owners who fail to show that they have discharged their waste ashore and that they are certified/recorded on the blue card system will be open to fines.
On the aftermath of a keel failure which caused the UK-registered commercial yacht ‘Tyger of London’ to capsize off Tenerife, Canary Islands, back in December 2017, the UK MAIB issued a safety bulletin for owners of yachts fitted with shallow draught, lead keels.
UK MCA issued a Code of Practice for Intended Pleasure Vessels to be introduced on 1 January 2019 and to provide a framework for what is wanted by the Pleasure Vessel sector. Members of the boating community are urged to ‘have their say’ on the new Code, through a public consultation.
Harvey and Irma, two of the three powerful hurricanes which hit the Caribbean and southern US in 2017 along with Maria, resulted in damage of approximately 63,000 boats in the US alone, at a cost of an estimated $655 million, providing a clear reminder that traditional maritime risks should not be overlooked.
In partnership with MHG Insurance Brokers, ISWAN announced the launch of a survey for seafarers who work on superyachts to investigate welfare issues to this specific sector. Questions will vary from food, cabins and communications, to the health and wellbeing of the men and women working onboard.
On the aftermath of a fatal accident that killed two crew members of the yacht ‘Platino’ back in June 2016, Maritime NZ announced changes to safety requirements for recreational vessels leaving New Zealand ports for overseas, and for other recreational vessels in New Zealand waters.
USCG located a 46-foot sailing vessel that was adrift for more than one month after the vessel owners were rescued from it, off the coast of Grays Harbor, on 16 June. The Cutter ‘Barracuda’ crew found the ‘Kelaerin’, Sunday while on routine patrol near Fort Bragg more than 440 miles south-southeast from its June position.
New Zealand’s North Shore District Court has ordered an Auckland boatie to pay $17,500 in reparation, after running over a diver and seriously injuring him. Maritime Rules impose a speed limit of 5 knots (9 km/h) within 50 metres of a person in the water and 200 metres of a boat flying a dive flag.
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