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ISWAN study reveals superyachting crew faces challenges

ISWAN, partnered with MHG Insurance Brokers to launch a new research on seafarers who work on superyachts to investigate welfare issues specific to the sector, backed up by in-depth interviews and diary studies. The research’s results were announced on December 7, at a seminar held at Inmarsat’s headquarters in London. 

New Zealand: Four recreational boating fatalities so far in 2018

Maritime NZ, New Zealand’s shipping safety agency, released drowning statistics related to recreational boating, noting a significant progress with only four boating fatalities in 2018 compared to previous years. The agency provided simple advice for boaties to help keep that number down.

USCG informs about recreational vessels and COD renewals

The 2018 Act incorporates a provision to provide recreational COD holders the ability to select a multi-year renewal (1-5 years) during an implementation period that will start from January 1, 2019 until December 31, 2021. After this period, a five-year document, for recreational vessels only, will become automatic.

Bijela Shipyard to transform into a superyacht repair facility

Adriatic Marinas and Damen are collaborating with the Government of Montenegro, for the redevelopment of the former Bijela shipyard in Boka Bay, Montenegro. After the completion of the remediation works in early 2020, the shipyard will transform into a superyacht repair and refit facility.

EU takes legal action over yacht tax avoidance

The European Commission stepped up its agenda to tackle tax avoidance in the yacht sector and decided to send letters of formal notice to Italy and to the UK concerning the Isle of Man, as tax breaks being applied in the pleasure craft of those regions were highlighted by last year’s ‘Paradise Papers’ leaks.

Five simple tips for boating safety

On the occasion of the conclusion of New Zealand’s national Safer Boating Week on 19 October, Maritime NZ reiterated to skippers the importance of always ensuring that there is the right size of lifejackets for everyone onboard. Last year, 19 people died in recreational boating accidents on NZ waters.

Solo yachtsman rescued in the Indian Ocean

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) coordinated the search and rescue operation for a French yachtsman in the Indian Ocean, approximately 1300 kilometres south west of Perth, Western Australia. On 21 October, around 12.45am, AMSA was notified of a dismasted yacht taking on water.

Maritime NZ extends ‘No Excuses’ safety campaign for boaties

Maritime NZ, New Zealand’s marine safety regulatory agency, 13 councils and the Lake Taupo Harbourmaster announced beginning of an extended ‘No Excuses’ campaign for recreational boaties not carrying or wearing lifejackets and those who speed on the water.

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. 

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