• The Mystery, Sorry History, of Waste Water

    Posted: 9th January 2017 | Written by: Pippa Nicholas

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    Since as long as people have used the water for transportation there has been the need to rid vessels of all the waste that Human Bodies emit on a daily basis. In the early days a simple wooden platform over the side of the ship sufficed and this of course has given us many off the cuff sayings we use today… such as “don’t sh#@ into the wind as it will come back to haunt you”.
  • Yacht Engineers Then & Now

    Posted: 6th December 2016 | Written by: Pippa Nicholas

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    Yachts engineers, the technical knowledge and qualifications required, have come a long way since the turn of the century. Back in the day, with little or no regulations, the term engineer was used loosely in the yachting community and many of the people looking after yachts had more common sense than paper qualifications. But common sense is a huge part of the job for a sea going engineer.
  • New Engineer Certification: All Vessels Under 3000GT

    Posted: 30th July 2016 | Written by: OnboardOnline

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    For several years the yachting industry has suffered a shortage of qualified engineers. Another problem has been the lack of transferability of engineering qualifications across different sectors of the marine industry. Marine Information Note, MIN 524 (M+F), issued by the MCA in July outlines new training and certification aiming to change this.
  • Females at Sea

    Posted: 22nd July 2016 | Written by: Pippa Nicholas

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    When I first went to sea (don't ask when), we used things like Loran C and sextants, women were on the odd ship here and there, but the British fleet didn't start to accept them for many years to come. Being transgender, I have seen both sides of the playing field, though had I known I was transgender back then I’m pretty sure I wouldn't have been accepted as I have been today.
  • Opinion: Wage Pressures in the Engine Room

    Posted: 10th July 2016 | Written by: Steve Wright

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    There seems to be some evidence that initial 2016 pay rates offered in commercial yachting are somewhat below the standard rates for the wider shipping industry. I would argue that the reasons behind this may potentially harm the private maritime market if they are not kept in check.
  • Girls on Deck in the Year of the Girl

    Posted: 4th June 2016 | Written by: Robyn Santa Maria

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    Luxury yachting is still an industry in which men tend to hold deck and engineering roles while women more usually work in the interior department as stewardesses. However, a ground shift for gender equality in yachting is gathering pace.
  • An Innovation in Water Technology

    Posted: 2nd May 2016 | Written by: Steve Wright

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    In the beginning, there was light, then earth, then water. Approximately 97 percent of the earth’s water is salt water, 3 percent is fresh water and less than 1 percent of that is fit for human consumption. It's time we got smart with what we have left on the planet and now there's an exciting new innovation in the pipeline.
  • MarQuip Facilitates Transition to Tier III Benchmark

    Posted: 6th January 2016 | Written by: Marquip

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    The Tier III regulations of the United Nations International Marine Organization (IMO) regarding marine emissions came into force on 1 January. They specify a reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions by nearly 80% compared to Tier II and apply in specific Emission Control Areas, which for the time being include North America and the US Caribbean.
  • Ballast Water Treatment - Time to Take Action

    Posted: 12th November 2015 | Written by: Richard Woolley

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    Over the coming months owners of superyachts will be looking very closely at the latest developments in the introduction of legislation from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) concerning the discharge of ballast water.
  • New Engineer: Is Yachting Really Worth it?

    Posted: 4th November 2015 | Written by: Alison Rentoul

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    Q: John, Chief Engineer, 41: "After several friends told me about luxury yachting I recently made the move over from commercial, but I don’t really understand what’s so great about yachting.
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