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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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Rules of the Road: Old ‘rules’ a fun part of seafaring lore

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers Seafaring is one of the world’s oldest occupations, so it is only natural that in times when inexplicable …

Rules of the Road: Know how to define ballast, tanks to meet new rules

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers With the seasonal repositioning of most yachts and the months ahead to be spent in the northern areas of the United …

Rules of the Road: French crew, residents must begin to pay social security

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers During March, the French government enacted a new decree affecting all foreign seafarers based in France. …

Rules of the Road: Under MLC, crew have right to a complaint procedure

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers The Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) provides seafarers with an extensive right of complaint. Seafarers are entitled …

Rules of the Road: Plan for extra sewage before it hits the fan

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desverges With the planned races for the America’s Cup in Bermuda this spring and summer, many yachts are planning to visit …

Rules of the Road: Deciding to carry weapons onboard involves more than security

Rules of the Road by Capt. Jake DesVergers Between the craziness of politics and the economy, 2016 was a tumultuous year. Within the mix of headlines, …

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 …

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Victoria International Marina opens for yachts this summer

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Owner’s View: Text on your own time

Owner’s View: Text on your own time

Owner's View: by Peter Herm This article is about the now ubiquitous smartphone and the crew management challenges it creates. The …