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Hours of Rest: Where does the buck stop?

Posted: 7th May 2015

Written by: Rod Hatch

“An Inspector Calls” was a popular morality play written by the English playwright J.B. Priestley at the end of WW II. As Priestley himself remarked about the characters in his play, “They are losing all pride and interest in the ... Read More

Myth Busters: Offshore Banking and the Offshore Disclosures Facility

Posted: 17th Apr 2015

Written by: Patrick Maflin

This month I had the opportunity to sit down with Amanda Taylor from Marine Accounts for a Q&A session on the Offshore Disclosures Facility. Read More

Myth Busters: The Truth Behind Filing Under the SED

Posted: 19th Mar 2015

Written by: Patrick Mafin

In recent weeks tax with an emphasis on the Seafarers Earnings Deduction has been a hot topic of debate on social media and yachting forums. The aim of this article is to try and de-bunk some of the myths that are becoming common ... Read More

Financial Success From Yachting: 10 Basic Rules

Posted: 5th Jan 2015

Written by: Peter Brooke

I am often asked by junior and senior crew alike what would be my top 10 financial tips for anyone beginning a career in the yachting industry. Read More

Effective Ways To Get Out Of Debt

Posted: 1st Nov 2013

Written by: Debt Legal

Sir Mervyn King, the Bank of England's outgoing governor, says he believes low interest rates should remain in place to assist those UK citizens who are deeply in debt. Smart Financial Planning's Steve Martin offers this advice f... Read More

Credit card management can lower debts further

Posted: 1st Nov 2013

Written by: Debt Legal

As flexible as credit cards are, unlike cash, you could end up paying extra money just to use them and these charges are unwelcome at the best of times, especially when you are trying to budget and lower your expenditure. Here ar... Read More

The Conflict between Marine Insurance Policies and Shipyard Contracts

Posted: 19th Oct 2013

Written by: Danielle J. Butler

Reading a yacht insurance policy is often like reading a novel in Greek but, it' vital to understand your policy to protect yourself from breaching it or being denied coverage. Read More

Döhle Yachts - Revised Guide to MLC

Posted: 9th Oct 2013

Written by: Döhle Yachts

Döhle Yachts' updated guide to the MLC, is rated “The first digestible guide to the MLC which will help the initiated and uninitiated alike through the major impacts of the MLC.” Read More

Some Thoughts on the new Seafarer’s Employment Agreement

Posted: 25th Sep 2013

Written by: Jörg Wendt

What's really new about the MLC? Are the new contracts always favourable for yacht crew? What should you look out for in your SEA's? Jörg Wendt from D and B Services tells you some things to watch out for in the new regulations... Read More

Boat Care, Custody and Control under Florida Statutes

Posted: 19th Aug 2013

Written by: Danielle J. Butler

How does a boat dealer or Florida licensed yacht broker import a boat into Florida for sale? If a boat is brought into Florida for the sole purpose of sale by a boat dealer or Florida licensed yacht broker, it will be exempt from ... Read More

MSN 1848 - MLC 2006 Survey and Certification of UK Ships

Posted: 15th Aug 2013

Written by: MCA

MLC 2006 comes into force next week - 20 August! Everything you need to know about Survey and Certification of UK ships is summarized in MSN 1848 (M). Read More

Maritime Labour Convention 2006

Posted: 25th Jun 2013

Written by: Mike Sanderson

The deadline for implementation of the MLC 2006 is 20 August 2013, which is fast approaching. All commercially operated yachts need to comply and yachts over 500GT will require an MLC certificate. Non compliance could lead to dete... Read More

Tale of Two VATs: French exemption and what it means for you

Posted: 22nd May 2013

Written by: Grant Atchison

The French Commercial Exemption (“FCE”) was first introduced into national law in 2004 as a clever piece of legislation, unique to France, designed to allow VAT exemption to the commercial activities undertaken by yachts operating... Read More

MCA on Port State Control

Posted: 22nd Apr 2013

Written by: Mike Sanderson

I am writing to you about recent changes which have taken place relating to Port State Control inspections (PSC) inspections in Europe, and to which your yacht may be subject. We recognise that this is causing some concern amongst... Read More

Good Faith Deposits

Posted: 17th Apr 2013

Written by: Danielle J. Butler Esq.

With most failed yachting transactions, the biggest reason for litigation is determining who breached the agreement and what happens to the money that’s already changed hands – otherwise known as the “good faith deposit.” The good... Read More

MLC 2006

Posted: 2nd Mar 2013

Written by: Mike Sanderson

MLC 2006

The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) becomes mandatory on 20 August 2013.
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MLC 2006 Ratification

Posted: 1st Mar 2013

Written by: Captain Rod Hath

Before ILO Maritime Labour Convention 2006 could come into force, it required ratification by enough nation states representing a specific proportion of the world’s shipping tonnage. These two criteria have now been met and the Co... Read More

Things to Know Before Contracting to Build a Yacht

Posted: 25th Feb 2013

Written by: Andrew High

The current worldwide economic climate has forced shipyards to reduce prices for new construction in order to compete in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Oftentimes, prospective purchasers will find it more cost-effective to p... Read More

LY3 Main Changes from LY2

Posted: 24th Jan 2013

Written by: Mike Sanderson

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is a world leading maritime administration and the originator of the Large Commercial Yacht Code. Ensign is the Large Yacht Survey unit of the MCA. Read More

Vessel Arrest in the USA

Posted: 13th Jan 2013

Written by: Danielle J. Butler Esq.

The arrest of a vessel in the USA, whether she is private or commercial, is part of the process by which a Court in Admiralty gains jurisdiction over the subject matter of a lawsuit. These lawsuits are known as "in rem" actions, m... Read More


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