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Cyber Security: 2021 in Review

Posted: 20th Dec 2021

Written by: Richard Hodder

This year will be remembered as one of the most disruptive years when it comes to cyber attacks, with ransomware impacting critical infrastructure, with vulnerabilities in the Microsoft email servers many of us use allowing remote attackers to take control of those servers. Read More

How are Drones Impacting Superyachts?

Posted: 28th Jul 2021

Written by: Richard Hodder

Drone technology has greatly advanced, allowing for smaller, longer lasting and higher resolution videos at a fraction of the earlier costs while providing innovative solutions for a number of modern day problems. Read More

How Cyber Aware Are Your Yacht's Crew?

Posted: 8th Jun 2021

Written by: Richard Hodder

With cybercrime becoming a growing global issue, can you afford not to be cyber aware? What does it even mean to be cyber aware? Richard Hodder discusses some common threats and the practical steps you can take to minimise your risks. Read More

Cyber Security in the Yachting Industry – What’s the story so far?

Posted: 12th Apr 2021

Written by: Richard Hodder

During the first part of 2021 there have already been a number of high-profile breaches affecting the yachting industry either directly and indirectly, the most notable being the Microsoft Exchange server vulnerabilities that were discovered during March. Read More

2021 Scams and Cybersecurity Threats: A Summary

Posted: 12th Jan 2021

Written by: Richard Hodder

There have been many scams related to COVID-19 over the past year, where unscrupulous criminals use the fear and uncertainty of a pandemic to trick people. Here’s just a handful of things to be aware of. Read More

Yacht Cyber Security - Preparing for IMO2021

Posted: 9th Dec 2020

Written by: Dominique Smit & Bec McKeever

With many yachts preparing for the IMO's new cyber security legislation in January 2021, it's sobering to hear that by 2025 the annual cost of cyber crime is expected to exceed the total cost of damage from natural disasters and profits from the trade of illegal drugs combined. Read More

Personal Safety Ashore - Aide Memoire

Posted: 9th Dec 2020

Written by: Securewest International

As the threat of terrorist attacks upon civilians still remain, Securewest International has produced an aide memoire based on incident response procedures, with practical advice on how to protect yourself if you are caught in the midst of a terror attack, civil unrest, organised or opportunistic crime.
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Serious Allergy Suffered On Board

Posted: 3rd Nov 2020

Written by: Dr. David Irons

Serious allergies have been shown to be on the increase. When we talk about 'serious', we mean something which may be or is life-threatening, usually rapidly in most cases although there are rarer, different, slow-developing allergies that could happen after exposure. Read More

Cyber Security On Board - Get Ready for IMO2021

Posted: 19th Oct 2020

Written by: Richard Hodder

The IMO2021 regulations regarding cyber risk management required compliance by 1 January 2021, or no later than the first annual vessel verification and audit. The overall uptake across the yachting industry has been slow, but Founder of Pelion Consulting, Richard Hodder, tells you how to be prepared. Read More

Cyber Security Onboard - Know Your Suppliers & Vendors 

Posted: 19th Aug 2020

Written by: Richard Hodder

Experts have been advising for several years that the risk of cyber attack is rapidly increasing, with superyachts being an obvious target for hackers due to their value and high-profile status. Yet we still find complacency among yacht owners, crew, management companies and suppliers.  Read More

Protecting Your Privacy with Pelion Consulting

Posted: 9th Aug 2020

Written by: Karen Hockney

The recent Twitter security breaches have given many people food for thought on the subject of cyber security. “I don’t think people are fully aware of the extent of their digital footprint,” explains Richard Hodder of Pelion Consulting based in Palma.
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Covid-19 Guidance for TYHA & British Marine Members

Posted: 8th Apr 2020

Written by: British Marine

British Marine has released the following guidance for marina operators designed to assist readers in supporting the nation’s focus to fight COVID-19. The most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to save lives. Read More

Weather Forecasts, Safe Passage and Safe Berths

Posted: 20th Mar 2020

Written by: Carri Woodburn

Adverse weather enhances the risks for yachts and crew, not only in open waters but also in bays, anchorages, ports and marinas. The key to controlling damage is advance planning. Read More

Safety at Sea: Inside Inmarsat's Global Centre of Operations

Posted: 1st Dec 2019

Written by: Victoria Pearce

When I was invited to Inmarsat's HQ in London I thought I knew a fair amount about their operations but it was only scraping the surface. I left understanding the importance of satellite communications, not only for keeping the world entertained but for keeping vessels safe. Read More

Crew Look After Superyachts, but who Looks After Crew?

Posted: 28th Oct 2019

Written by: Melanie Langley

Superyacht crewing has become one of the go-to careers for young men and women looking to earn great money while sailing to exotic locations aboard multi-million-dollar luxury yachts. It's crucial you protect yourself with an indi... Read More

Safety Afloat: There’s no Excuse for Being all at Sea

Posted: 10th Sep 2019

Written by: John Dodd

The sheer number of leisure sailors who take to the water each year with an inadequate or careless understanding of the equipment, processes and services needed to keep their vessels and themselves safe is a constant source of con... Read More

Maritime Security in the Middle East - April to August 2019

Posted: 23rd Aug 2019

Written by: Securewest International

Traveling the seas is an incredible way to see the world but it comes with a unique set of challenges and potential security risks. For travel risk managers and captains planning a trip to the Middle East, Securewest has provided ... Read More

Yacht Security: Mediterranean Sea 2018- 2019

Posted: 3rd Jun 2019

Written by: Securewest International

This maritime security report provides a summary of incidents that occurred in the Mediterranean Sea between June 2018 and May 2019, as well as risks that may affect yachts operating in the region. This assessment is based on rele... Read More

What is Travel Risk Management?

Posted: 16th Apr 2019

Written by: Nicky Demellweek

You wouldn't leave port without referring to the charts and checking the forecasts, so why leave other potential risks unmapped? In an unsettled world where yachts are venturing further afield, Travel Risk Management is fast becom... Read More

Who Owns Your ISM History - The Yacht or Management Company?

Posted: 14th Mar 2019

Written by: David Clarke

At Superyacht Operating Systems we frequently hear from yachts that would like to change their Management Company or ISM provider. But they feel stuck. They fear they’ll lose the yacht’s historical data if they make the change. So... Read More

Annual Insurance Review: MSCB Has Your Back

Posted: 26th Feb 2019

Written by: Michael Weare

Another year, another insurance review. It doesn’t sound
too exciting does it, but there is no doubt, as a busy yacht
crew professional it’s vital to get your insurance needs
in order before another hectic year of sailing gets ...
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10 Travel Safety Resolutions You Should Make in 2019

Posted: 10th Jan 2019

Written by: Elizabeth Dann

Crew are no strangers to stringent security protocol when it comes to ensuring smooth operations and the safety of all onboard. Meanwhile employers are responsible for the security of crew whether working or on holiday, as well as... Read More

Tips for Personal Safety While Travelling

Posted: 10th Dec 2018

Written by: Securewest

According to new research, 83% of women have experienced at least one safety-related incident while travelling for business over the past 12 months. Here are some tips to increase personal safety. Read More

7 Reasons For Having Your Own Medical Insurance

Posted: 10th Dec 2018

Written by: Melanie Langley

While superyacht crew are exceptionally good at giving first class service to their guests, they’re also notoriously bad at looking after themselves when it comes to the vital area of medical insurance. But to ensure a long and he... Read More

Safety Questions Left Unanswered

Posted: 27th Aug 2018

Written by: Nautilus International

Nautilus, has expressed concern at a new study highlighting the failure of many major ship registries to produce accident investigation reports on time – or at all. The Union says valuable lessons that could prevent seafarer death... Read More

Maternity Cover for Seafarers

Posted: 23rd Jul 2018

Written by: Melanie Langley

Pregnancy onboard can be a difficult voyage for the unprepared and the uninsured female and your employment rights may not be protected in the same way as they would be on dry land. As a woman you need to equip yourself with the f... Read More

No Better Reassurance than Adequate Medical Insurance

Posted: 12th Feb 2018

Written by: Simon Dixon

As hard-working, hard-playing yacht crew, are you suffering from a torpid and sluggish liver? Bilious headache and sour stomach? Seeking a sure-fire remedy that’s never been known to fail? By the 19th century, there was certainly ... Read More

You Need Health Problems Overseas Like a Hole in The Head

Posted: 29th Nov 2017

Written by: Simon Dixon

Since the 15th century, ships have had a duty of care towards their crew in the case that they fall ill, but in the past, surgery was more often hazardous than life-saving. Nowadays, what are the provisions for crew in this demand... Read More

Advisory: Rip Currents off the South of France

Posted: 28th Jul 2017

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

This Advisory is written following a recent tragedy off Pampelonne Beach near St. Tropez in the south of France, a favourite anchorage for hundreds of yachts during the summer charter season. A young French woman attempted to reac... Read More

If You Find Crew Medical Insurance a Headache, Here’s the Cure

Posted: 29th Jun 2017

Written by: Simon Dixon

The first ever obligation to provide medical care for mariners was set out in The Rules of Oleron in the 1100s and it's a judgment that holds true to this day. Thankfully we no longer have to plough through Medieval English, but t... Read More


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