• Flag/ ISM News

    December 30, 2016

    Bringing you the latest news from Flag and Port State Regs. We are now tracking the latest updates from the MLC, IMO, and the larger Flag states so you don’t have to

    MLC amendments Dec16 – From 18th January 2017, ships under MLC must display certificates issued by an insurer confirming that financial security is in place for liabilities in respect of crew repatriation and for compensation for death and disability.

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  • Port State Control – Guidance and Concentrated Inspection Regions

    September 22, 2016

    ABS Has produced guidance notes to help reduced port state control detentions.

    ABS Guidance for Reducing Port State Control Detentions
    These notes provides Shipowners and ship crews with the latest updated information for maintaining compliance with current Port State control regimes in a mobile-friendly and interactive format.
    The guide is intended to be used with normal pre-port arrival and departure checks required by international regulations, as well as in conjunction ...

  • Are your radios up to scratch

    July 19, 2016

    This spring there was an incident in Barcelona where a yacht’s radio interfered with a local rail network and resulting in a police investigation.

    This example is just one instance of a far larger problem; companies are fitting radio systems on board superyachts that are in direct breach of international law, these breaches are considered criminal offenses and may carry a maximum sentence of eight years in jail, although to date, ...

  • STCW Refresher training: Advanced Sea Survival (non-STCW)

    April 29, 2016

    For those applying for Yacht Certificates of Competency or revalidation:
    Ref: MIN_520

    For yacht Certificates of Competency only, Non-STCW Advanced Sea Survival may be accepted in lieu of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats. However, your Certificate of Competency will be endorsed with the following limitation: ‘Not for use on ships equipped with davit launched lifeboats’.
    Non-STCW Advanced Sea Survival must be updated every 5 years in line ...

  • 5 Steps to Building an Effective Training Program

    April 29, 2016

    In the corporate world, studies show that employers tend to place greater emphasis on training new and entry-level employees. The same is true for training crew in the yachting world. No one would argue, however, that training less-experienced crew is not important. In fact, research reveals that training programs at all levels have a significant impact on employees’ morale, productivity and long-term performance.

    The Impact of Training

    Beyond the obvious safety and ...