Posted: 22nd September 2017 | Written by: Wayne Britton
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.
Posted: 21st September 2017 | Written by: Steve Mair
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.
Posted: 20th September 2017 | Written by: Franc Jansen
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.
Posted: 18th September 2017 | Written by: Nicola Morgan
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.
Posted: 12th September 2017 | Written by: Ian Biles
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?
Posted: 11th September 2017 | Written by: Karen Passman
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?
Posted: 7th September 2017 | Written by: Bianca Ljungberg
The Monaco chapter of Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY) is now in its fifth year, with an even stronger vision to attract the very best of yachting’s next generation. The first YPY opened its doors in Fort Lauderdale in 2009 at the tail-end of the global financial crisis, which signalled the need for the yachting industry to come up with more innovative ways of doing business by attracting young, entrepreneurial thinkers to join the ranks.
Posted: 4th September 2017 | Written by: Matt Hyde & Sam Wheaton
The use of technology has played an invaluable role in ensuring the safe arrival of sailors and crew members for hundreds of years, from the sextant to radio to satellite. From the perspective of a superyacht engineer there are many positives, but not without risk, so what does a good program look like?
Posted: 31st August 2017 | Written by: Captain Adrian Croft
Currently there is no regulatory requirement for any deck officer (including Master) following the attainment of their last CoC, to be formally re-assessed (post ECDIS certification) as to the level of their navigational skills at any time later in their career. As long as the sea time requirement is fulfilled at time of revalidation of CoC, the Issuing State assumes that navigation skills are current. Is this assumption correct?
Posted: 30th August 2017 | Written by: Dave Clarke
Some believe that having standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place can actually reduce the level of safety onboard yachts. I believe this can be true, but only if you blindly follow a checklist without giving any thought to the outcome. Most seafarers have a level of training that allows them to think but we're all human and, when we stop thinking, mistakes happen. So as fallible beings, how do we prevent mistakes from happening?