USCG Sector Key West reminded commercial and recreational vessels of 300 GT or more of the requirement to file a notice of arrival (NOA) with the USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) prior to arrival in the US.
In continuation of a US MARAD alert regarding increased piracy in the Gulf of Mexico, the RMI issued a Yacht Safety Advisory (YSA) for RMI-flagged vessels operating in or near Mexican territorial waters.
In 2019, four fire incidents occurred onboard RMI-registered yachts that resulted in the total constructive loss of the vessel, the Republic of the Marshall Islands Administrator informed, sharing key areas of concern and best practices.
In line with a wider discussion on the importance of gender diversity in shipping, a special initiative called ‘She of the Sea’ is working to make the yachting industry more diverse, in line with IMO’s work to empower women in the maritime community.
A cyber attack against the UK-based Crew and Concierge Limited resulted to the exposition of 17,379 personal data of people of 50 nationalities that have been working in the yachting industry, as Verdict reported. The UK based company is an international recruitment agency with expertise on staff of high-net worth clients' yachts operating globally.
On January 10, the Captain and crew of the M/V Sunda, recovered from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, a skipper along with a family of four members because of engine malfunction of their sailing boat.
For pleasure yachts of less than 13.7 meters in length there are no statutory requirements for safety equipment other than those required under SOLAS V; whatsoever, safety equipment is an important part of boat preparation and it is advisable that all pleasure craft skippers check that their vessel is properly equipped.
The 85.95 metre superyacht Ecstasea has been involved in an incident in Simpson Bay Lagoon, Sint Maarten. It is said that the Ecstasea itself has little damage, but the almost new bridge house was completely destroyed as it was dragged by an open tailgate.
The US Coast Guard is responding to a discharge of diesel after a fire erupted on two large boats at Seaview Harbor Marina in Great Egg Harbor, Monday morning. Watchstanders at USCG Sector Delaware Bay received the report of the vessel fires from local police dispatch at approximately 1:50 a.m.
The Australian Government issued the "Special Recreational Vessels Bill 2019", according to which foreign-owned superyachts will be able to charter in Australia, leading to 11,800 new jobs and A$1.64 billion in revenue to the Australian economy by 2021.