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Jake DesVergers

Capt. Jake DesVergers is chief surveyor for International Yacht Bureau (IYB), an organization that provides flag-state inspection services to yachts on behalf of several administrations. A deck officer graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, he previously sailed as master on merchant ships, acted as designated person for a shipping company, and served as regional manager for an international classification society. Contact him at +1 954-596-2728 or www.yachtbureau.org.

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Deadline for new STCW amendments is here

Major revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (the STCW Convention), and its …

Captain of the Port controls hurricane maneuvers before, during and after major storms

As I sat hunkered down with family last month awaiting Hurricane Matthew to arrive in South Florida, I received emails and texts from various government …

What a mariner considers ‘seaworthy’ is not at all what insurance or class sees

The word seaworthy is loosely thrown around amongst captains, crew, surveyors, attorneys, insurance, and everyone in between. For the average person and many …

MARPOL and its affect on yachts

With the recent implementation of yacht inspections by the U.S. Coast Guard, plus the continued efforts being seen by the Paris MOU in Europe, a quick …

MLC amendments require financing for crew repatriation

As regular readers know, the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) has been a topic frequently discussed in this monthly column. In the past 10 years, it has been a …

U.S. national documentation has many benefits over state

Congratulations! After endless hours of research, meetings, and inspecting vessels, you have finally purchased that dreamboat. Now the broker is asking how you …

Emergency towing procedures should be vessel-specific

Several years ago, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) introduced an amendment to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) …

Employment agreements guarantee proper employment conditions

Congratulations!  You’re hired.  All of those classes you have taken, hours of hitting the docks, networking with friends and fellow crew have finally paid …

Compare open registry versus national registry

Those readers familiar with this column know that my day job requires the wearing of many hats: policeman, advisor, inspector, surveyor, researcher, and even …

Investigating accidents gives insight to avoiding them in the future

Unfortunately, the beginning of 2016 has brought an unusual number of yachts lost. Accidents happen, but it is important to determine what happened. …

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Bridge repair to close New River navigation in February

Bridge repair to close New River navigation in February

UPDATE Dec. 6 A planned repair of the railroad bridge in downtown Ft. Lauderdale will close navigation to the city's major shipyards for …

Hiring yacht crew challenges captains

Hiring yacht crew challenges captains

Hiring crew is one of yachting's biggest challenges, according to some captains. They aim to pick the right candidates, but often …

There’s one more step after selling a boat: Take care of the crew

There’s one more step after selling a boat: Take care of the crew

The goal of most of the exhibitors at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is to sell boats. From the anecdotal stories I heard …

Government officers clarify policies for yachts in U.S. waters

The rules for yachts and crew in U.S. waters can all be found in written regulations, but there are often questions as to interpretation. …