• Sea Service Verification on Large Yachts: MIN 543 (M)

    Posted: 8th April 2017 | Written by: Sam Watson

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    The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has now published MIN 543 (M): Sea Service Verification on Large Yachts, outlining revised arrangements for the verification of Sea Service Testimonials (SST) for seafarers working on large yachts. As well as direct applications to MCA, this formalises authority for verification via Nautilus International and the Professional Yachting Association (PYA).
  • MCA Clarification: SEAs and Crew Agreements

    Posted: 13th August 2016 | Written by: OnboardOnline

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    Having heard some of the stories on social media of late, there is still some confusion around the requirements for yacht crew employment contracts. Clarification can be found in the MCA's Guidance Note, MGN 474 (M), which outlines the requirements for yachts subject to compliance with MLC 2006 as well as pleasure yachts in private use.
  • Yacht Crew Agents: The French Register

    Posted: 11th August 2016 | Written by: OnboardOnline

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    Since the implementation of MLC 2006 there has been uncertainty among yacht crew agents operating in France, specifically in regard to Regulation 1.4 Recruitment and Placement. The PYA MLC work group sought clarification and has issued a notice to confirm that all YCAs operating in France must be on the French Register.
  • Positive News for Superyacht Charters in Spain

    Posted: 29th July 2016 | Written by: OnboardOnline

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    The sun is shining on the Balearics in the form of new legislation set to simplify and streamline procedures for superyachts wishing to charter in these Spanish waters. After the partial lifting of the Spanish Matriculation Tax in October 2013, ongoing consultation has resulted in a number changes set to open up the Spanish charter market.
  • Clamp Down on Safety for PWCs in France

    Posted: 25th July 2016 | Written by: OnboardOnline

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    Reports have been circulating about a number of yachts in French waters having been stopped by the Gendarmerie Maritime for not having lights fitted to the buoyancy aids used by guests operating personal watercraft (PWCs).
  • Local Agent Mandatory for Vessels Over 45m in Croatian Waters

    Posted: 14th July 2016 | Written by: OnboardOnline

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    The Croatian government has announced a new regulation requiring superyachts above 45m cruising in Croatian territorial waters to appoint a local agent. This is an extension of EU Directive 2002/59/EC, which used to apply only to commercial vessels in Croatia. With immediate effect, any vessel above 45m arriving in a Croatian port without an appointed local agent will not be granted customs clearance.
  • Positive Result On Declaration of Cabotage in France

    Posted: 25th June 2016 | Written by: Pat Sakellari

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    MYBA, the Worldwide Yachting Association is pleased to announce that the French authorities have agreed to remove a large portion of the yachting sector from its Décret Etat d’Accueil legislation. With immediate effect, commercial yachts that comply with the new '70% rule' (and can produce a statement to this effect) will not be required to submit a Cabotage Declaration.
  • French Commercial Exemption: Has the veil been lifted?

    Posted: 9th March 2016 | Written by: Janet Xanthopoulos

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    There has been a lot of confusion since June 2015 about the new French Commercial Exemption conditions and enactment of the new French regulations governing VAT exemption. If the new conditions are more precise, there are still many grey areas which need to be clarified by the French Tax Authorities.
  • VAT Changes to French Commercial Exemption

    Posted: 16th November 2015 | Written by: Dominion Marine

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    Following the 2013 ECJ ruling against France and the French Exemption for commercial yachts, the French Authorities have produced new regulations BOFIP 1205-15. These regulations set out the exact requirements for a charter yacht to maintain its VAT exempt status.
  • Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control

    Posted: 29th July 2015 | Written by: PYA

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    The PYA would like to inform you that the Maritime Authorities of the Tokyo and the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry on 1 September 2015.
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