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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. 

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.

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