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Rules of the Road: IMO talks satellite providers, autonomous ships, Polar Code

The world’s primary regulatory body for maritime regulations, the International Maritime Organization, had a full agenda at its semi-annual meeting in May. …

Rules of the Road: Prepare to be boarded this season

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers Sovereign and other self-governing nations have the right to control any activities within their own borders, …

Rules of the Road: Ship recycling rule applies to yachts, too

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers With the renewed push for more environmentally friendly approaches in yachting, this month’s column will revisit …

Rules of the Road: Time to replace halon systems

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers Every vessel on the water, from the smallest runabout to the largest tanker, has some type of fire-extinguishing …

Rules of the Road: ‘Paper license’ ploy does not satisfy manning requirements

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers The use of licensed workers is required in many industries, from medicine and engineering to construction, teaching …

Rules of the Road: Several new maritime regulations affect yachts in 2018

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers As we say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in the New Year, we look ahead to what awaits us in the world of maritime …

Rules of the Road: U.S. Navy collisions at sea have lessons for yacht crew

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers In November the U.S. Navy released several reports detailing the events and actions that led to two ship …

Rules of the Road: Commercial or private, that is the question

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers As we push through another busy boat show season, we must acknowledge that this industry of ours, focused solely on …

Rules of the Road: Tricky tonnage measurement not about weight

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers Tonnage is an important topic in the maritime and yachting industry. Tonnage forms the basis for numerous items, …

Rules of the Road: New guidelines for ship energy efficiency management plan

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers There are about 70,000 ships engaged in international trade, and this unique industry carries 90 percent of the …

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‘Excellent’ waterways make for ‘great’ voyage into America’s Upper South

‘Excellent’ waterways make for ‘great’ voyage into America’s Upper South

By Lucy Chabot Reed The four-member crew of M/Y Sensation, a 112 Westport, took the vessel from Fort Lauderdale to Nashville, Tennessee, …

Renovation plans for Pier 66, The Sails take a step forward

Renovation plans for Pier 66, The Sails take a step forward

By a vote of 4-1, Fort Lauderdale city commissioners last night approved a development agreement with Tavistock Development Company, owners …

Charter offers M/Y Marcato crew shark ‘tails’

Charter offers M/Y Marcato crew shark ‘tails’

By Dorie Cox The crew of M/Y Marcato was integral to a scientific expedition that studied sharks during a charter by Dr. Austin …

Engineer OK after being found unconscious

Engineer OK after being found unconscious

By Dorie Cox A yacht engineer was treated for heat exhaustion off the coast of Fort Lauderdale on Monday (July 9) after fellow crew …

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