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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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New year brings changes to onboard documents, requirements

As we welcome in 2017, we look ahead to what awaits us in the world of maritime regulations. The various regulatory bodies were again busy and 2017 will …

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 …

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Shipyards, towboats and marine businesses go to court over New River closure

Shipyards, towboats and marine businesses go to court over New River closure

By Dorie Cox Shipyard owners, towing and repair companies, and other marine businesses will go before a judge later this month to stop …

Captains listen, foster team work, and take responsibility with crew issues

Captains listen, foster team work, and take responsibility with crew issues

From quarrels between cabin mates to squabbles over a task, yacht crew occasionally have an issue onboard. Apart from firing someone, The …

IMO extends Manila Amendment refresher deadline

IMO extends Manila Amendment refresher deadline

I have written much in these pages over the past year concerning the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention. And I am compelled to …

Why owners like, use and buy big boats

Why owners like, use and buy big boats

There are myriad reasons why owners choose to endure the significant cost of big-boat ownership. Some use their boats as a business tool, …

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