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

Posted: 8th Apr 2017

Written by: Sam Watson

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 y... Read More

MCA Clarification: SEAs and Crew Agreements

Posted: 13th Aug 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

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 outline... Read More

Yacht Crew Agents: The French Register

Posted: 11th Aug 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

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 i... Read More

Positive News for Superyacht Charters in Spain

Posted: 29th Jul 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

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 i... Read More

Clamp Down on Safety for PWCs in France

Posted: 25th Jul 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

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). Read More

Local Agent Mandatory for Vessels Over 45m in Croatian Waters

Posted: 14th Jul 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

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... Read More

Positive Result On Declaration of Cabotage in France

Posted: 25th Jun 2016

Written by: Pat Sakellari

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, commercia... Read More

French Commercial Exemption: Has the veil been lifted?

Posted: 9th Mar 2016

Written by: Janet Xanthopoulos

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 ma... Read More

VAT Changes to French Commercial Exemption

Posted: 16th Nov 2015

Written by: Dominion Marine

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 ... Read More

Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control

Posted: 29th Jul 2015

Written by: PYA

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 fo... Read More

Requirements for Non EU Flagged Yachts in EU Waters

Posted: 18th Jun 2015

Written by: PYA

The requirements concerning all non-EU flagged vessels and all vessels with non-EU crew on board are currently in particular focus by the Mallorcan Police Border Office. Read More

French VAT Changes - for the Long-Term Good

Posted: 10th Jun 2015

Written by: Penny Hammond-Smith

Understanding the implications of the BOFIP 12.05.15 for commercial yachts. The Bulletin of May 12, 2015 which integrates the existing French Commercial Exemption (FCE) has already generated a lot of chatter and some concern. Read More

Bonanza Time for Flag and Port State Control

Posted: 2nd Jun 2015

Written by: PYA

Coming soon to a yacht near you - bonanza time for Flag and Port State Control. As a courtesy to allow ship owners more time to become compliant, most Port State Control (PCS) authorities have been requested to postpone enforcemen... Read More

Human Rights at Sea

Posted: 19th May 2015

Written by: Darren Winter

The first guest blog from David Hammond, CEO & Founder of Human Rights At Sea. Human rights at Sea (HRAS) continues to work directly with organizations in SE Asia in the ongoing matters of migrants abandoned at sea by traffickers. Read More

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

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

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

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

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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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


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