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IMO’s Sub-Committee agrees on Polar life-saving appliances guidelines

In light of the Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE 6) meeting conducted by IMO’s Sub-Committee on 4-8 March 2019, the participants agreed to draft interim guidelines on life-saving appliances and arrangements for ships operating in polar waters, to ensure they meet the needs for survival in the harsh and specific conditions in Polar waters.

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. 

IMO Sub-Committee to finalize rule for safe mooring

IMO is working to prevent accidents that occur when ships are being moored at their berth in a port. A SOLAS regulation that focuses on better protecting seafarers and shore-based mooring staff from injuries during mooring operations, is set to be finalized by the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and Construction.

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.

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 The new legislation aims to modernize outdated laws and bring the US in line with current times.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.

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.

NZ changes rules for recreational boats after deadly yacht accident

On the aftermath of a fatal accident that killed two crew members of the yacht ‘Platino’ back in June 2016, Maritime NZ announced changes to safety requirements for recreational vessels leaving New Zealand ports for overseas, and for other recreational vessels in New Zealand waters.

BPA calls for alcohol limits in recreational boating

On the occasion of the UK’s first Maritime Safety Week, the British Ports Association has called for new legislation to introduce alcohol limits for non-professional mariners, replicating the rules that already exist for commercial ships in British waters. 

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