Monaco19: YCM offers new courses

Sep 28, 2019 by Lucy Chabot Reed

By Lucy Chabot Reed

The Yacht Club de Monaco announced a suite of new courses being developed and ready for offer in the coming weeks.

Polar Code

Capt. Jan Persson, CEO of 90North Ice Consulting, discussed his new course offering through La Belle Classe Academy. A captain on icebreakers for 18 years, Capt. Persson

“In addition to officers receiving training, the yacht has to be inspected and class has to certify it,” he said. Although licensed officers are the only ones required for the training, Capt. Persson said typically yachts making voyages to the polar regions want all their crew to receive training.

Capt. Jan Persson, CEO of 90North Ice Consulting

The IMO Polar Code came into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, and requires all officers working in the polar regions to have training. An upgrade to the regulation expected to be adopted by the end of the year recommends the training on non-SOLAS ships (those under 500 tons), including private yachts.

Capt. Persson pointed out that there is zero discharge allowed in the areas; that means no food waste, no grey water, nothing. The Northwest passage can take 25 days, so there is a lot of planning of waste management alone prior to a trip.Polar Code (second phase)

IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee and related sub-committees are looking at the application of the Polar Code to ships not currently covered by SOLAS. 

Only five institutions in the world offer this training, including Capt. Persson’s company, which offers four training sessions a year around the world. He also brings the training onboard, where his team can also conduct the yacht’s certification and create the required manual for class inspection. Capt. Fraser Gow of M/Y Gene Machine took Capt. Persson’s first class in the spring of 2016.

“It was very informative and included a lot of things you wouldn’t think about,” he said to the audience assembled during the Yacht Club de Monaco’s Captains’ Forum on Thursday. “We did our training in Florida, where it was 81 degrees, so it was a little bit of a challenge.”

The course covers topics such as winterization and hypothermia; voyage planning, navigation and maneuvering; and the regulatory framework.

“Whichever institution you use, make sure it has STCW,” he advised.

Two-day classes for the basic course, two-day classes for the advanced course, or four-day classes for both. The certification is valid for five years, with a half-day refresher required for renewal, Capt. Persson said.

His classes are scheduled in October and November.

Environmental training

Former Chief Stew Claire Ferandier has developed Environmental Training for Yacht Crew, a one- or two-day course available to any yacht crew who seeks to mitigate yachting’s environmental impact onboard.

She spoke to attendees of the Yacht Club de Monaco’s Captains’ Forum on Thursday and explained that the training is not to push people to act through guilt, but to make them aware of options.

Claire Ferandier, instructor of Environmental Training for Yacht Crew

The program works under ISO 14001, the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). It provides a framework that an organization can follow, rather than establishing environmental performance requirements.

Ferandier detailed the waste of a few key items aboard her former 44m yacht where a shift can make a big difference: In one five-month season, the yacht with eight crew and 10 guests would likely go through 5,400 plastic water bottles, 6,600 aluminum coffee pods, 3,600 paper napkins and 6,000 plastic straws.

Many of the places yachts visit, such as small islands, do not have the ability to recycle normal levels of waste, let alone the waste of a dozen or more yachts.

“So we have to reduce our waste,” she said. 

Her training can save waste, sae space onboard and save the owner money, she said. 

The one-day course is designed for all crew; the two-day course for interior crew that carries beyond awareness and alternatives and delivers more process and procedure.

“This is not about guilting crew into anything,” Ferandier said. “If you cannot change the water bottle because the owner likes them and wants them, you can make a change somewhere else.”

The first classes are scheduled for early November and are available in French and English.

Other classes

  • Gianfranco Meggiorin, founder of Navimeteo, will offer the Monaco Weather Lab, which will look at the unique weather systems in and around the Mediterranean. Topics include navigation and meteorology, coastal and offshore weather, weather services and models, ship routing and case studies. The one-day course will be held in English and begin in January.
  • Giorgio Rocchino, an award-winning bartender, will offer the Destination Barman course through La Belle Classe Academy at the Yacht Club de Monaco. The three-day class provides an introduction to the bar concept, equipment, cocktails and their classification, techniques and mixology.

For more information on any of these classes, visit La Belle Classe Academy at

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Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher and founding editor of The Triton.

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