• The CHENNAI SIX - What’s it got to do with Yachting?

    Posted: 20th December 2017 | Written by: Commander Sean O'Reilly

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    I’m not a regular listener of BBC Radio 2 but my attention was grabbed recently by a chatty news item on the release of six British former Servicemen who have just been liberated after being banged up for 30 months, in what was presumably a very nasty Indian prison. I was also struck by the relevance of this case to the Captains of large yachts.
  • Is VR the Next Disruptor for the Superyacht Industry?

    Posted: 6th November 2017 | Written by: Rebecca Whitlocke

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    Virtual Reality (VR) isn't a new concept, but the yachting industry is awakening to the shift in the digital landscape and looking beyond predictable sales and marketing campaigns. The days of miniature scale yacht models in brokerage offices, print brochures, fly-over videos or renderings with PDFs are changing and VR is leading the way.
  • When Things Go Wrong: Crisis Management

    Posted: 25th September 2017 | Written by: Nick Thomas

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    Despite well thought out safety standards and increased training for yacht crew, incidents will happen and one doesn’t have to go too far to find them, reported and unreported. In this article I recommend that all levels of management work together to deal with the immediate and subsequent impacts of what may seem initially to be a small incident with the potential to evolve into a full blown crisis. Whatever happens we need to be ready.
  • Superyacht Accident Reporting - A P&I View

    Posted: 23rd September 2017 | Written by: Louise Hall

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    The role of a P&I Club (Protection & Indemnity) is to provide vessel operators with liability insurance in the event of a claim in relation to cargo, collision, damage to/loss of property, people (including crew and passengers), pollution, towage and wreck removal. With this in mind, let's take a look at the frequency and trends in claims recorded during the 2016 policy year.
  • Situational Awareness Onboard & Ashore

    Posted: 22nd September 2017 | Written by: Wayne Britton

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    As we’ve already heard earlier in this series on safety in yachting, around 80% of incidents and accidents at sea are caused by human error, often due to a loss of Situational Awareness. Could these have been avoided? Absolutely. We must also consider the near misses and situations that go unreported; we all have our own stories to tell.
  • 10 Steps to Cyber Security

    Posted: 21st September 2017 | Written by: Steve Mair

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    Much of the language used in the media around cyber is designed to spread fear and uncertainty. It’s deliberately emotional with the intention of causing some form of reaction, if only to read the article. This is a distortion of the truth. Cyber as a term just means “something to do with computers”, and it’s attached to emotive words like “attack” or “hack”, because they sound scary.
  • Safety Onboard, a Yacht Manager's View

    Posted: 20th September 2017 | Written by: Franc Jansen

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    The topic of safety covers a lot of ground, so it’s difficult to decide where to start. Without trying to be comprehensive I have picked a few key issues that I think are crucial to the safety of yachts: compliance to the rules and regulations, safety and security, and crew recruitment, training, education, and culture.
  • Safety and Crew Recruitment

    Posted: 18th September 2017 | Written by: Nicola Morgan

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    When I was asked if I would write something on this subject, at first I was a little unsure how (and if) safety and recruitment are related. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realised that so much of what we do throughout this industry has an impact on the overall safety of our crew members, including the hiring of them.
  • Safety by Design

    Posted: 12th September 2017 | Written by: Ian Biles

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    In 1988 'The Superyachts' published by Boat International offered the following definition: “A superyacht, we feel, is generally large and at the same time it meets the highest standards of design and construction. It is, additionally, a yacht that excels in one or more particular fields, be they of scale, of interior decoration, or of engineering..." As a surveyor what intrigues me about this quote, and the industry as a whole, is why safety is not included as an area where superyachts excel?
  • Leadership in Developing a Culture of Safety First

    Posted: 11th September 2017 | Written by: Karen Passman

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    It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a reported 80% of incidents and accidents at sea are caused by human error. The interesting question is why? Are we putting people in positions of authority without the appropriate training? Are we asking them to make important decisions when they lack the qualifications or experience? Or is the problem more complex than this?
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