The Triton


RYA wants change in flares rule

Posted on by in

The Royal Yachting Association is pressing the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) to review the carriage requirement for pyrotechnic flares and to recognize the modern technologies that are now available for distress alerting and locating. Currently, leisure craft over 45 feet (13.7m) are required to carry four parachute flares and four hand-held flares.

“In today’s modern age there is no compelling case to support the mandatory requirement of flares as a practical and useful method of initiating a distress alert and location,” said Stuart Carruthers, RYA cruising manager.

EPIRBs and GPS-linked DSC VHF for distress alerting and signalling lamps or EVDS (Electronic Visual Distress Signals) for final-mile location provide mariners with a more effective and far less dangerous means of initiating a distress alert and, more importantly, a timely response. However, these modern technologies are not recognised in the current UK regulations.

“The RYA has been shown no persuasive evidence that flares have search-and-rescue benefits that cannot be provided by modern technology,” Carruthers said. “Couple this with the significantly reduced disposal service for flares and the argument for continuing to mandate flares becomes unreasonable and illogical.”

Related Articles

Garmin acquires FusionElectronics

Garmin has completed the acquisition of Fusion Electronics Limited and its subsidiaries. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, the used company will be known as Garmin New Zealand Limited and will operate …

Luxury Law hires head for NY office

Christopher R. Ross has been hired by Luxury Law Group to lead its New York office in Hampton Bays and Patchogue on Long Island. Ross has 15 years experience in private practice as a business …

Marina builder promotes Ellenz

Bellingham Marine General Manager Jesse Ellenz has been appointed vice president of special projects. He will have day-to-day oversight of the company’s efforts to expand its reach into projects …

Saxon new VP at HMY

Saxon new VP at HMY

HMY Yachts, based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, has hired Bob Saxon as vice president of the company’s yacht management, crew placement and yacht charter division. He was most recently with …

YRM expands and moves

Ft. Lauderdale-based YRM, a custom carpentry and dockside services company, has expanded into custom stainless steel and aluminum fabrication division and moved into a new 10,000-square-foot plant …

Triton Spotted in Western Australia

Triton Spotted in Western Australia

First Officer Alice Darley joined her sister and family on a campervan road trip in Western Australia this fall. Darley’s niece, Isla Rose Cushley, posed with The Triton at Monkey Mia, a …