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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.

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.

NYK bulk carrier saves yachtsman in North Atlantic

While Frontier Jacaranda was navigating for Rotterdam, Netherlands, it received a call from the UK’s Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre. The ship immediately headed to the instructed area and rescued a British yachtsman. The individual was in good health and delivered to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre of the Republic of Cabo Verde on January 20.

Ipswich waterfront sees rise in visitor numbers

Associated British Ports has reported an increase in the number of visitors to the Ipswich Wet Dock and Waterfront in 2018. Namely, more tourists visited the Ipswich town thanks to the region’s particularly hot summer. 2018 was a busy year for visiting yachts to the two marinas at Ipswich Waterfront, which attracted almost 15,000 visitors to Ipswich.

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 wellbeing programme for seafarers launched

Nautilus International’s latest strategic yacht partner and wellbeing specialist ZS Wellness has launched Actionable Individual Monitoring (AIM) – a holistic fitness and mental health wellbeing programme for those looking to improve their fitness while at sea. 

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.

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