The Professional Yachting Association released an alert reminding yacht owners and operators that the third edition of the Large Commercial Yacht Code (LY3) entered into force on Aug. 20, the same day the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) was introduced.
LY3 applies to yachts 24m and larger in commercial use that do not carry more than 12 passengers.
For the most part, the Code applies to new yachts having their keels laid on or after Aug. 20, 2013. However, there are some retrospective requirements for existing yachts surveyed against the previous versions of the Code – LY1 and LY2. These yachts must now comply with the LY3 requirements for: lifejackets, radio equipment, long-range identification and tracking (LRIT), bridge navigational watch alarm systems (BNWAS), and some operational aspects such as manning, personnel certification and crew agreements.
These retrospective requirements are detailed in section 22.214.171.124 of the Code. For all other items, existing yachts will continue to be surveyed against the LY1 or LY2 requirements.