Yachting News

ECPY Guidance for Yachts During COVID-19

Posted: 1st Jun 2020

Written by: ECPY

ECPY has been actively investigating the situation created by COVID-19 for yachts and yachting, and taking into consideration the announcement made by the French prime minister, has released the following guidance. Read More

Greek Yachting is Back in Business

Posted: 29th May 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

Luxury crewed charter yachts are once again free to travel across the entirety of Greek waters, allowing guests to enjoy their vacation time in one of the safest ways possible, with marinas across the country are already fully operational. Read More

COVID-19 Update: Cruising in Albania this Summer

Posted: 29th May 2020

Written by: Bjordi Gogo

Albania has seen a very low rate of COVID-19, with only 1,076 cases and 33 deaths to date. The country implemented a strict lockdown that remains in place until the end of this week and currently, yachts are permitted to enter Albania with pre-approval for bunkering and provisioning. Read More

COVID-19 Update: Regulations in France

Posted: 29th May 2020

Written by: Riviera Yacht Support

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has presented the plan to reopen most of France from June 2. Bars and restaurants, beaches, parks and lakes will all begin to reopen, and cultural and sporting life will progressively return to normal. Read More

Inmarsat 2020 Superyacht Connectivity Survey Opens

Posted: 28th May 2020

Written by: Jules Riegal

Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has opened its third and most extensive yet annual Superyacht Connectivity Survey, providing a unique state-of-the-industry assessment of satellite communications usage in the sector. Read More

Zeelander Yachts Expands Existing Dutch Shipyard

Posted: 28th May 2020

Written by: Alexander Razinkov

Zeelander Yachts’ state-of-the-art shipyard in Groot-Ammers, the Netherlands, is undergoing an expansion in response to growing demand for its boats. This will also allow the company to prepare the ground for the development of new models. Read More

Bond TM Partners with ISWAN to Build Mental Health Portal for Superyacht Crew

Posted: 26th May 2020

Written by: Amy Liebthal

Following fundraising efforts across the industry and yachting media, ISWAN, the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network is delighted to welcome Bond TM as the primary partner for its new mental health portal for superyacht crew: Yacht Crew Help. Read More

COVID 19 Update: Cruising in Greece this Summer

Posted: 22nd May 2020

Written by: Mike Brewer

The prime minister announced this week that tourism will be reactivated from June 15 – hotels will be allowed to open and gradually other tourist services too, with international flights to tourist destinations permitted from July 1. Read More

COVID-19 Update: Yachting in France

Posted: 21st May 2020

Written by: ECPY

Yachts stationed in France, regardless of their flag or registration, can currently sail in French and international waters with or without a client on board, and anchor to the ordinary rules. Read More

Sailing in Italian Waters in the Time of Coronavirus

Posted: 20th May 2020

Written by: Gianfranco Puopolo

On May 18 2020, Italy returned to the water once again after the Italian Prime Minister authorised sailing within the region of a person’s residence until June 2 and as of June 3, it should be possible to leave regional waters to sail freely around the Italian coast. Read More

COVID-19: EU Border Update

Posted: 19th May 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

There was an update from the French Government yesterday, May 18, stating that a conference will be held on Monday May 25 between the EU Ministers to discuss the possibility of the reopening of the European and UK borders by June 8. Read More

Will you be Cruising in Turkey this Summer?

Posted: 19th May 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

Turkey looks like it will be one of the first countries opening up to cruising this summer, with the government announcing that it foresees activities to start as of the May 27, to be confirmed. Read More

YCCS Postpones Opening and is Ready for 2020 Season

Posted: 18th May 2020

Written by: Marialisa Panu

Pending definitive government provisions, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has postponed the opening of its base in Porto Cervo until the end of June/beginning of July, and in the meantime is preparing to get safely underway. Read More

What Will Yachting Look Like Post Lockdown?

Posted: 15th May 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

With yachting webinars now becoming the norm, the PYA brought together a panel of experts to discuss what the future of yachting might look like post lockdown for crew in terms of regulations, certificates, health and safety regulations, insurance and more. Read More

ECPY Clarifies Easing of Restrictions in French Waters

Posted: 14th May 2020

Written by: ECPY

Further to publication of the prefectoral decree outlining an easing of restrictions for nautical activities in French waters, ECPY has issued an update to clarify the implications for commercial yachts. Read More

Patrick Coote Joins Northrop & Johnson

Posted: 11th May 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

Patrick Coote has joined Northrop & Johnson as Chief Marketing Officer & Head of N&J Europe, based in the South of France. A strategic marketing expert, Patrick has more than 25 years of experience in the superyacht sector. Read More

Westrec Marinas Updates Florida Properties

Posted: 11th May 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

Westrec has been hard at work on upgrades to some of its Florida facilities to best accommodate the needs of today’s yachts including the Hall of Fame, which recently reopened after a renovation project that added five mega-yacht slips to their marina basin. Read More

French Government Announces Easing of Restrictions in Nautical Sector

Posted: 8th May 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

Yesterday the French government announced an easing of restrictions, allowing movement of certain vessels under certain conditions in the Mediterranean, valid from Monday, 11th May and subject to further notice on 2nd June 2020. Read More

Hill Robinson Builds Senior Management Team

Posted: 6th May 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

As the whole Hill Robinson enterprise grows in size, global reach and client support offerings, it was a natural progression to add two more key players to the team to further energise the whole of the group operations. Read More

MaritimeMT Announced as Title Sponsor of the 2020 Crew Awards

Posted: 6th May 2020

Written by: Abi McGrath

ACREW is proud to announce MaritimeMT as the title sponsor of the 2020 Crew Awards held in Barcelona, an initiative set up to recognise excellence among superyacht crew, voted by peers across the industry. Read More

The MIA Spreads Positivity with #YELLOWFORSAILING

Posted: 5th May 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

The Israeli Marine Innovation Association is asking sailors and boaters to share a photo of themselves waving the yellow Q flag, or simply something yellow, to social media with the hashtag #YELLOWFORSAILING as a message of hope for ocean lovers around the world. Read More

DSNM Launches Online Bridge Refresher Course

Posted: 5th May 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

With the current guidelines on social distancing around the globe and schedules on hold for many superyachts, David Store Navigational Management has adapted one of its training courses with Captain George Mills so it can be completed via video conferencing.
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New Crew Wellbeing Portal Needs Your Help

Posted: 4th May 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

An appeal was launched seven months ago to raise funds to enable the ISWAN maritime charity to create a website that would be an instant point of contact for anybody suffering overwhelming stress and needing help within our industry. Read More

Tahiti: COVID-19 Updates

Posted: 4th May 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

The situation on the Islands of Tahiti is getting better day by day, with the population lucky to have only 58 cases with no casualties up to now. The government has recently decided to give more freedom to its locals, but access to the territory for non-residents is still suspended. Read More

Yacht Shows: Planning the Unknown

Posted: 1st May 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation or postponements of a raft of superyacht events, and with the future still unclear, it’s an anxious time for a growing number of companies within the industry. Read More

Introducing the Maritime Food Authority for Superyachts

Posted: 30th Apr 2020

Written by: Sam Watson

The MFA is the certification body for the new ‘Manager in Charge for Luxury Yacht Program’, dedicated to food safety management, yacht sanitation, outbreak planning and auditing, approving training centres to deliver the qualifications and provide annual audits. Read More

Luxury Hospitality Announced as First Training Centre for the Maritime Food Authority

Posted: 30th Apr 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

Luxury Hospitality (LH) has been chosen as the first approved training centre to deliver the internationally recognised ‘Manager in Charge for Luxury Yacht Program’, launched this month by the Maritime Food Authority (MFA) in collaboration with Highfield Qualifications. Read More

Italian and French Yachting Companies Offer COVID-19 Support

Posted: 29th Apr 2020

Written by: Rebecca Whitlocke

OnboardOnline reports about individuals working in the yachting sector in Italy and France who are helping to combat the effects of COVID-19 by offering help to those who need it most. Read More

Registration Open for USSA’s New Education Series

Posted: 28th Apr 2020

Written by: Naomi Chadderton

In a bid to help guide companies through COVID-19, the USSA has launched a new education series covering everything from coping with stress and improving your mental morale to the top business strategies to help you come out on top. Read More

Niels Klarenbeek Appointed New Director of METSTRADE

Posted: 24th Apr 2020

Written by: OnboardOnline

With more than 15 years of professional experience in various international trade fairs in RAI Amsterdam, Niels Klarenbeek will succeed Irene Dros as the new director of METSTRADE. His new position will be of effect as of 14 April 2020. Read More

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