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Yacht man stranded in sea uses jeans as life jacket

A German yachtsman was knocked overboard in bad weather seas off New Zealand, when he decided to use his jeans to save his life, Reuters reports. The yachtsman managed to transform his pair of jeans into a life jacket that kept him afloat for more than three hours before being rescued by the coast guard.

IMO SDC 6: Polar safety measures for fishing vessels and yachts

IMO’s Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction (SDC 6), which took place on 4-8 February 2019, considered a first set of draft recommendations for fishing vessels and pleasure yachts operating in Polar waters, but are not already covered by the mandatory Polar Code, the so-called ‘non-SOLAS’ ships.

Thailand achieves record for super yacht arrivals

Asian governments are trying to improve the facilities and ease the regulations to attract more super yachts to cruise in the region and spend time in their marinas. In fact, in Thailand this has led to an increase in visiting super yachts, reaching an all time high in Phuket.  Namely, during February, the Yacht Haven Marina accommodated 36 super yachts.

Large Yacht Code: Retrospective requirements for existing yachts

The Maritime Authority of Cayman Islands issued a guidance note reminding of the Red Ensign Group Large Yacht Code requirements (up to 12 passengers) which will be applied retrospectively to existing yachts at the first annual survey after 1st January 2019. 

USCG: Fines for illegal charter vessel operations

The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 45-foot pleasure craft ‘Sea You Twerk’ with 14 passengers aboard Sunday in Biscayne Bay, Miami, after discovering multiple safety violations. With this respect, USCG reiterated potential fines for illegal charter vessel operations. 

DMA: Replacements of nationality certificate for recreational sailors

The Danish Maritime Authority informed that it no longer issues nationality certificates to recreational sailors with vessels below 20 bt. Instead, it has prepared a letter that recreational sailors can bring abroad as a replacement for the nationality certificate. The Danish Maritime Authority also confirmed that Danish owners of pleasure crafts have the right to sail under the Danish flag, subject to the Danish Maritime Shipping Act.

Rijnhaven Marina to accommodate yachts in port of Rotterdam

Twelve marine companies issued at the Port of Rotterdam a plan concerning the construction of ‘Rijnhaven Marina’ on the west side of the Rotterdam South Bank; it will be a port to accommodate luxury super yachts and become a tourist attraction. The construction will create 200 to 1000 jobs. The market itself wants to cover the investment of 12 million euros.

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.

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The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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