For pleasure yachts of less than 13.7 meters in length there are no statutory requirements for safety equipment other than those required under SOLAS V; whatsoever, safety equipment is an important part of boat preparation and it is advisable that all pleasure craft skippers check that their vessel is properly equipped.
Following the fire that erupted onboard the “Andiamo” yacht, the USCG is now monitoring the situation to prevent any potential pollution on Watson Island, while also opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.
The Australian Government issued the “Special Recreational Vessels Bill 2019”, according to which foreign-owned superyachts will be able to charter in Australia, leading to 11,800 new jobs and A$1.64 billion in revenue to the Australian economy by 2021.
Inmarsat launched its 2019 Superyacht Connectivity report highlighting that 80% of superyacht professionals are not fully aware on how to boost their cyber security measures, adding that some do not have a third-party organisation in charge of their security management on-board.
UK MAIB has published its report on the UK registered charter yacht, Tyger of London, whose keel failed suddenly on 7 December 2017 and the yacht capsized. The crew, all wearing lifejackets, were thrown into the water and rescued by the British Army yacht, St Barbara V.
With respect to the recent figures on boating safety, Maritime NZ stressed that waterproof communications can save a life: An estimated 59% of recreational boating fatalities involve inadequate communications, and only 40% of boaties report having two ways to call for help every time they go on the water.
Engineers from MAN, Braemar Technical Services along with additional four maritime companies are developing a zero-emissions superyacht, which will consist of an all-of-the-above selection of green technology. The team behind this, look towards a zero emissions upon weight savings.
CHIRP recently published its 56th edition of Maritime Feedback focusing on several reports concerning safety onboard and accidents. In this report, CHIRP highlights the dangers crews face onboard yachts, given the fact that the majority of yachts are focused on an aesthetically good architecture but lack safety measures.
On July 24, the superyacht Blue Magic hit a pier at the port of Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy, after losing control. Before the yacht hit the pier, it first collided with a sailing yacht, which was eventually crushed between the dock and the Magic’s bow. When the collision happened, the sailing boat did not have anyone on board, and no injuries were reported.
The Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Torbjørn Røe initiated an action plan last January to reduce the number of serious accidents related with the use of recreational craft. The government has a zero-accidents vision for boat traffic. In addition to the zero vision, an ambitious milestone for the first period has been set: 50% reduction in the number of fatalities associated with use of recreational craft before the end of the planning period.
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