The Triton

News

USCG stops illegal charter in Miami

Posted on by in
ADVERTISEMENT

Officers from a Coast Guard Station Miami vessel terminated the charter trip of M/Y Golden Touch II, a 147-foot Sensation, on Aug. 19 near Nixon Beach at Key Biscayne, Miami, for violation of several safety issues. A boarding by officers found the yacht carried more paying passengers than the vessel is certified to have, a total of 47 people on board.

Other violations include the lack of a valid certificate of inspection, failure to have a drug and alcohol program, and the lack of a valid stability letter.

M/Y Golden Touch II

“Tragically, people have lost their lives on illegal charters, as was seen in the case of the vessel Jaguar in the Tampa Bay area and in the case of the Miami Vice yacht in Miami,” said Capt. Ladonn Allen, chief of Coast Guard 7th District prevention department. “The unsafe atmospheres that these types of companies and unlicensed captains, who knowingly engage in illegal activity, create on their boats show a complete disregard for passenger safety and have been responsible for multiple deaths in Florida alone. We cannot stress enough to anyone looking to charter a boat to verify the captain’s license and safety of the vessel.”

The owner and operator of M/Y Golden Touch II faces maximum civil penalties up to $41,456 for the violations.

The previous illegal charter yacht incidents referenced by Officer Allen were the deaths of a passenger and a charter boat crew member who died in the water near M/Y Jaguar, a 71-foot yacht, in Tampa in 2017 and another charter passenger who died when the operator of M/Y Miami Vice, a 91-foot yacht, in Miami in April.

The charter of Blessed, a 48-foot pleasure craft, was also stopped for safety issues and carrying too many passengers while for hire on the Miami River on Aug. 10.

Related Articles

Latest news in the brokerage fleet: Huntress II sells; new RMK listed

Latest news in the brokerage fleet: Huntress II sells; new RMK listed

Yachts sold M/Y Huntress II, a 180-foot (55m) Feadship launched in 1997, sold by Merle Wood & Associates, with Camper & Nicholsons broker Alex Lees-Buckley representing the buyer. Asking …

Fire department responds to yacht at Lauderdale Marine Center

Fire department responds to yacht at Lauderdale Marine Center

By Dorie Cox A report of smoke coming from a 140-foot motoryacht brought Fort Lauderdale Fire and Rescue officers to Lauderdale Marine Center on the morning of March 23. Patrick Kelly was on …

Monaco19: Canaries promote yacht visits

Monaco19: Canaries promote yacht visits

Tourism officials and marina executives from the Canary Islands were at the Monaco Yacht Show this week to promote a new cruising destination for superyachts in Lanzarote, the northern and …

U.S. Coast Guard security zones near Palm Beach continue through Monday

U.S. Coast Guard security zones near Palm Beach continue through Monday

The U.S. Coast Guard security zone established in the Palm Beach area of Florida continues until approximately 11:59 p.m. Monday. The area is in the Intracoastal Waterway and offshore near Palm Beach …

NZ opens to chartering

A change to New Zealand’s temporary import entry (TIE) procedure means private and charter yachts can now stay in the country up to two years. A new process streamlines the process for …

Heesen launches 50m steel class Project Maia, christened M/Y Omaha

Heesen launches 50m steel class Project Maia, christened M/Y Omaha

YM 18350 Project Maia underwent a technical launch and was christened Omaha on April 20 at the Heesen shipyard in Oss, The Netherlands. The project was sold in December by Ocean Independence broker …

Comments