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Prevent Fires On Board with Preventative Maintenance and Documentation

Posted: 29th Jun 2020

Written by: Sam Wheaton

News travels quick. Maybe it’s because we live in an age of the creating and sharing information that we are hearing of more and more fires on board yachts. Most crewmembers out there will know of someone who has had an encounter with an onboard fire incident. Read More

Managing Maintenance On Board Post COVID-19

Posted: 21st May 2020

Written by: Sam Wheaton & Matt Hyde

The impacts of COVID-19 have reached far and wide within the yachting community. Owners, suppliers and crew alike have all been impacted in recent months, causing a revaluation of how different elements of the industry interact. Read More

Implementing PMS Solutions for Yachts in Build is the New Norm

Posted: 21st Sep 2018

Written by: Matt Hyde - Seahub

New builds are a chance to improve on the way things have been done in the past and give owners and build engineers the opportunity to fulfil their wildest design and engineering dreams. The deployment of planned maintenance syste... Read More

Female Experts in the Engine Room

Posted: 20th Mar 2018

Written by: Holland Yachting Group

Despite making the right noises, it can seem that the yachting industry is desperately slow to change: in British shipping just 1% of engineer officers are women, for example. But perhaps the pertinent question is whether the work... Read More

The Engineering Watchkeeper

Posted: 21st Feb 2018

Written by: Matt Hyde

The exact role of the engineering watchkeeper varies from vessel to vessel. A vessel's size, number of crew and weather are important factors, as are the expectations of the Chief Engineer or Captain. It can therefore be difficult... Read More

Keys to Deploying New Maintenance Software Onboard

Posted: 11th Aug 2017

Written by: Matthew Hyde

The decision to adopt a new technology onboard is a significant decision. With any new product, component or software comes an inherent learning curve and with that, stumbles along the way. Engineering departments can be effective... Read More

The Untapped Potential of Water

Posted: 25th Jun 2017

Written by: Steve Wright

Not all water is the same and not for the reasons you might expect. The tap water I use to fill my fish tank is positively charged, which is why algae and water borne diseases can thrive. But the water inside the cells of my fish... Read More

Riding a Yacht in Transit

Posted: 22nd Jun 2017

Written by: Matthew Hyde

Ever wondered what it would be like to cross the Atlantic on a superyacht? And what about crossing the Atlantic on a yacht that’s on an even bigger ship? Floating yacht transport ships carrying superyachts around the world has bec... Read More

The Mystery, Sorry History, of Waste Water

Posted: 9th Jan 2017

Written by: Pippa Nicholas

Since as long as people have used the water for transportation there has been the need to rid vessels of all the waste that human bodies emit on a daily basis. In the early days a simple wooden platform over the side of the ship s... Read More

Yacht Engineers Then & Now

Posted: 6th Dec 2016

Written by: Pippa Nicholas

Yachts engineers, the technical knowledge and qualifications required, have come a long way since the turn of the century. Back in the day, with little or no regulations, the term engineer was used loosely in the yachting communit... Read More

New Engineer Certification: All Vessels Under 3000GT

Posted: 30th Jul 2016

Written by: OnboardOnline

For several years the yachting industry has suffered a shortage of qualified engineers. Another problem has been the lack of transferability of engineering qualifications across different sectors of the marine industry. Marine Inf... Read More

Females at Sea

Posted: 22nd Jul 2016

Written by: Pippa Nicholas

When I first went to sea (don't ask when), we used things like Loran C and sextants, women were on the odd ship here and there, but the British fleet didn't start to accept them for many years to come. Being transgender, I have se... Read More

Opinion: Wage Pressures in the Engine Room

Posted: 10th Jul 2016

Written by: Steve Wright

There seems to be some evidence that initial 2016 pay rates offered in commercial yachting are somewhat below the standard rates for the wider shipping industry. I would argue that the reasons behind this may potentially harm the ... Read More

Girls on Deck in the Year of the Girl

Posted: 4th Jun 2016

Written by: Robyn Santa Maria

Luxury yachting is still an industry in which men tend to hold deck and engineering roles while women more usually work in the interior department as stewardesses. However, a ground shift for gender equality in yachting is gatheri... Read More

An Innovation in Water Technology

Posted: 2nd May 2016

Written by: Steve Wright

In the beginning, there was light, then earth, then water. Approximately 97 percent of the earth’s water is salt water, 3 percent is fresh water and less than 1 percent of that is fit for human consumption. It's time we got smart ... Read More

MarQuip Facilitates Transition to Tier III Benchmark

Posted: 6th Jan 2016

Written by: Marquip

The Tier III regulations of the United Nations International Marine Organization (IMO) regarding marine emissions came into force on 1 January. They specify a reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions by nearly 80% compared to Tier II... Read More

Ballast Water Treatment - Time to Take Action

Posted: 12th Nov 2015

Written by: Richard Woolley

Over the coming months owners of superyachts will be looking very closely at the latest developments in the introduction of legislation from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) concerning the discharge of ballast water. Read More

New Engineer: Is Yachting Really Worth it?

Posted: 4th Nov 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Q: John, Chief Engineer, 41: "After several friends told me about luxury yachting I recently made the move over from commercial, but I don’t really understand what’s so great about yachting. Read More

The Low Down: Fresh Water On Board

Posted: 23rd Aug 2015

Written by: Tim Moss

This article is written with the dual aim of educating and preparing yacht Engineers, their Captains, Operators, Owners and Management Companies to best plan and comply with the regulations and good practice for the production, tr... Read More

Steer your Engineering Career: PYA/IET Survey

Posted: 22nd May 2015

Written by: PYA

The PYA and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) are working collaboratively to support Yacht engineers who are keen to progress their careers through Professional Registration qualifications, such as Chartered Engi... Read More

New Fuel Emission Regulations

Posted: 8th Apr 2015

Written by: Tim Moss

There are 90,000 ocean going cargo ships, and 85% of all ship pollution is in the northern hemisphere. With the increasing demand to reduce exhaust gas emissions created by fuel and engine selection, changes are afoot, and Tim Mos... Read More

SeaClean for Eliminating Soot

Posted: 30th Mar 2015

Written by: Ken Kreisler

All diesel engines produce soot as a product of combustion. A 99kW generator installed on a yacht before 2012 is allowed to produce over 700 grams (more than 1.5 pounds) of particulate matter (primarily soot) per day. Read More

Bad Bunkering in the Pacific

Posted: 8th Apr 2014

Written by: Mel Thunderbolt

While diving for treasure on a boat in the South Pacific, the first sign of trouble for engineer Mel Thunderbolt was when she first heard the engine rev a little too high. Read More

Disaster: Fire on a Weekend Watch

Posted: 6th Jan 2014

Written by: Mel Thunderbolt

In light of the recent yacht fires in Genoa, engineer Mel Thunderbolt shares her own lucky escape from a serious engine room fire and the lessons learnt from the experience. Read More

Big Boats, Small Spaces

Posted: 3rd Jan 2014

Written by: Jelly

It’s safe to assume that you are reading this because you like boats. Maybe you like the atmosphere aboard them and that feeling of being an important part of the crew; or perhaps you enjoy the engineering side; possibly even the ... Read More

Planned Maintenance Schedules - Computer or paper?

Posted: 17th Oct 2013

Written by: Mike Wilson

Are computer-based programs the way forward, or is the old fashioned way of paper logs and the ‘Chief’s way of doing things’ still the better option? Read More

The World is Never Enough

Posted: 23rd Sep 2013

Written by: Mel Thunderbolt

Mission impossible. On pain of dismissal, engineer Mel Thunderbolt must fly to MTU headquarters in Germany and carry a 37kg turbocharger back to Sardinia...all in 24 hours. Read More

My Happy Place

Posted: 5th Jul 2013

Written by: Mel Thunderbolt

We engineers have to have ‘know-how’ on every little thing, but I'd take a pair of overalls and the hot sweaty heartbeat of the engine room over a chamois any day.One day I will find myself doing an oil change on the main engines ... Read More

Repowering, Rebuilding, and Remanufacturing

Posted: 5th Jun 2013

Written by: Charlson C. Smith

Today, the concept of sustainability is both a ubiquitous and welcome concept that has affected not only modern industry but also most aspects of life in the 21st century. Businesswise, doing more with (much) less is now not so mu... Read More

Engineering Crew Expectations

Posted: 18th Apr 2013

Written by: Mike Wilson

Over the years, we have all worked on yachts with overall programs that vary from the very best to the very worst. The right overall package can be a very tough thing to find and is not something you just walk into either; it tak... Read More

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