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Watch: Major fire destroys luxury yacht in Dubrovnik

In the morning hours of 7 September, the Maltese-flagged luxury yacht ‘Kanga’ suffered a major fire while off the cruise port of Dubrovnik, Croatia, with nine crew members and four passengers onboard. Initial reports suggest an electrical failure triggered the fire. 

USCG terminates cruiser voyage after operator found drunk

The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 35-foot cabin cruiser, after the operator was found boating under the influence of alcohol, Sunday in the Miami River. The station crew terminated the vessel’s voyage due to the operator failing both the field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests.

USCG ends yacht voyage due to unsafe operation

US Coast Guard and Seattle Fire Department personnel responded to and dewatered a vessel that was taking on water off Alki Beach, on Sunday August 26. The 48-foot yacht was later terminated because of unsafe operating conditions after the USCG found multiple violations in a post search and rescue boarding.

US flag superyachts now not subjected to commercial rules

American yacht owners are now able to carry an American flag and register their yachts – over 300 GT – in the US. The new legislation aims to modernize outdated laws and bring the US in line with current times. Until now, Yachts over the 300-GT limit were only able to fly the US flag if they were registered as a commercial vessel.

Cargo ship collides with yacht off Kent

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.

USCG assists 10 after vessel went adrift off Bahamas

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.

Turkey extends wastes disposal rules to yachts

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. 

UK MAIB: Lessons learned after yacht keel failure

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 introduces Intended Pleasure Vessel code

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.

Hurricanes posing future challenges for yacht market

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.

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