• Safe Navigation - What are we Still Failing to Address?

    Posted: 31st August 2017 | Written by: Captain Adrian Croft

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    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?
  • Onboard Operations: A Case for Systems Thinking

    Posted: 30th August 2017 | Written by: Dave Clarke

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    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?
  • Is Crew Training Disconnected?

    Posted: 24th August 2017 | Written by: John Wyborn

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    I have watched the growth of the superyacht industry over the last 27 years and in my opinion it's one of the most exciting and stimulating careers at sea that anyone could have. But I also believe that we don’t train people properly for working in superyachts. Much of what we nautical schools teach starts to fade within days of the final exam and most of it is never revisited. So how did we get to this position?
  • Open Reply: Big Changes with Small Thinking

    Posted: 19th August 2017 | Written by: Captain Adrian Croft

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    An open reply from Captain Adrian Croft to the article 'Big Changes with Small Thinking written by Captain Rod Hatch - Part 2 in our series 'Perspectives on the Safety Culture in Yachting'.
  • Big Changes With Small Thinking

    Posted: 17th August 2017 | Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

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    SOLAS, STCW, MARPOL, ISM and ISPS were all drafted to improve safety at sea, while MLC 2006 has enshrined seafarers’ rights to a safe place of work. None prevented the sinking of M/Y Yogi in February 2012 or the fatal accidents on M/Y Faith in April 2013, on M/Y Kibo in May 2015, on M/Y Ocean Victory in March 2016, or on S/Y Germania Nova in March 2017. So what can we learn or do differently?
  • The Evolution of Yachts for Leisure

    Posted: 11th August 2017 | Written by: Ian Biles

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    The origins of yachting, like the word itself, probably originate in the Netherlands (which seems kind of appropriate to me). The first yachts were light, fast vessels used to convey important persons or messages and they evolved into vessels whose purpose was to be used purely as pleasure vessels. However, sailing, as a leisure pastime, took a while to catch on.
  • Perspectives on the Safety Culture in Yachting

    Posted: 9th August 2017 | Written by: Sam Watson

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    Working on a superyacht conjures up a lot of things but risk of life and limb isn’t one of them. If you listen to insider stories on incidents and near misses you start to wonder, although the yachting industry is characteristically tight-lipped and a lack of open discussion means nothing much changes. But mention the safety culture in yachting to a range of experts and you get a range of views with a lot of common ground.
  • Crisis at Sea off the Cote d’Azur

    Posted: 24th May 2017 | Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

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    It happened recently near Cannes and the general public knew nothing about it. A superyacht was involved in three MOB incidents, a fire broke out on board, SNSM lifeboats were scrambled, and a burns victim was airlifted by a naval helicopter. Was it a cover-up by the yachting industry?
  • Sea Shepherd's Operation Nemesis

    Posted: 30th April 2017 | Written by: Karen Hockney

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    The crew carrying out Sea Shepherd’s Operation Nemesis recently returned to Fremantle after a three month whale defence campaign in the Southern Ocean. Reflecting on the outcomes, we spoke with the captains of M/Y Ocean Warrior and M/Y Steve Irwin to discuss the work they do and the impact of Sea Shepherd's presence in the Antarctic.
  • Nautical Structures & the Art of Heavy Lifting

    Posted: 28th March 2017 | Written by: Captain Ken Kreisler

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    Nautical Structures is known as the go-to powerhouse for tender handling and boarding systems for superyachts, a niche that's far more creative and diverse than one might think. With a new service hub in Fort Lauderdale and some exciting projects underway, we met with founder Rick Thomas to find out more.
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