Posted: 20th March 2018 | Written by: Holland Yachting Group
Despite making the right noises, it can seem that the yachting industry is desperately slow to change: in British shipping just 1% of engineer officers are women, for example. But perhaps the pertinent question is whether the working environment is actively hostile towards women or whether this is just a numbers game that is slowly improving? Two electrical engineering consultants at RH Marine give us an insight into their professional experiences.
Posted: 21st February 2018 | Written by: Matt Hyde
The exact role of the engineering watchkeeper varies from vessel to vessel. A vessel's size, number of crew and weather are important factors, as are the expectations of the Chief Engineer or Captain. It can therefore be difficult to define a standard operating procedure (SOP) for a watch keeping engineer, but the fundamentals remain consistent to ensure safe passage and the well-being of everyone onboard.
Posted: 11th August 2017 | Written by: Matthew Hyde
The decision to adopt a new technology onboard is a significant decision. With any new product, component or software comes an inherent learning curve and with that, stumbles along the way. Engineering departments can be effectively managed in a number of ways and the decision to deploy a planned maintenance system is a significant addition to any engineering program.
Posted: 25th June 2017 | Written by: Steve Wright
Not all water is the same and not for the reasons you might expect. The tap water I use to fill my fish tank is positively charged, which is why algae and water borne diseases can thrive. But the water inside the cells of my fish (and you) has a negative charge. After researching this further we've now developed a more natural system for water treatment in a range of applications, from fish tanks to Jacuzzis!
Posted: 22nd June 2017 | Written by: Matthew Hyde
Ever wondered what it would be like to cross the Atlantic on a superyacht? And what about crossing the Atlantic on a yacht that’s on an even bigger ship? Floating yacht transport ships carrying superyachts around the world has become a norm in the superyacht industry and it's just another example of how industry innovation is connecting people and places from all over the world.
Posted: 9th January 2017 | Written by: Pippa Nicholas
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”.
Posted: 6th December 2016 | Written by: Pippa Nicholas
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.
Posted: 30th July 2016 | Written by: OnboardOnline
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.
Posted: 22nd July 2016 | Written by: Pippa Nicholas
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.
Posted: 10th July 2016 | Written by: Steve Wright
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.