Capt. 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

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MLC 2006: The wait is over

After 12 years of development and seven and a half years since being adopted, the International Labour Organization (ILO) went into effect on Aug. 20. The Convention, more commonly referred…

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Compliance due on new regulations

As the summer months come to an end, a surprisingly active season of regulatory announcements, updates and enactments took place in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.  Below is a summary…

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Surveys on frontline of ethics

In May, a number of our industry’s key players found themselves in the bustling port city of Las Vegas for the American Superyacht Forum. While this author did not have…

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Rules of the Road: Jamaica joins flag registrations

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers We have a new player in the field of international standards for yacht safety and registration. The island nation of Jamaica joins…

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Avoid detention in foreign ports by Port State Control

Sovereign and other self-governing nations have the right to control any activities within their borders, including those of visiting yachts. Authority and control over foreign-flagged ships in a country’s ports,…

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Testimony into Bounty sinking reveals deficiencies, errors

Ships and yachts operate in a highly dynamic environment. Frequently, the people on board follow a set routine of work disrupted by arrival at, working in, and sailing from port.…

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Human element can curb accidents at sea

Choosing a career at sea imposes many images of worldwide travel, unlimited adventure, and a never-boring day at work. While those positives are what drew many of us to her…

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International Maritime Organization makes the rules

The London-based International Maritime Organization (IMO) occupies a special position within the maritime community. This specialized agency of the United Nations has 170 member states and an annual budget of…

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New year means new regulations

As we say goodbye to 2012 and welcome in the New Year, we look ahead to what awaits us in the world of maritime regulations.  The various regulatory bodies have…

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Classification society protect from the top

While the International Maritime Organization (IMO), flag administrations, port state controls, and other industry organizations all play a vital role in the maritime safety genre, perhaps the one entity that…

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