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 www.yachtbureau.org.

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Rules of the Road: New regs take effect in 2019

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers As we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome in the new year, we look ahead to what awaits us in the world…

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Rules of the Road: Retain records to show fuel oil complies with ECA regulations

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers Longtime sufferers of this column may recall this topic being discussed back in early 2012.  At that time, the North American Emissions…

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Rules of the Road: A review of taxes that apply to Florida boat sales

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers It’s that time of year again: boat show season. Events at Cannes, Genoa and Monaco previewed the strong sentiment that is expected…

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Rules of the Road: NZ changes yacht safety rules in wake of fatal sailing mishap

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers The New Zealand Maritime Safety Authority, commonly known as Maritime NZ, recently announced major changes to safety rules for domestic and international…

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Rules of the Road: Obtaining DoS not always clear-cut for yachts

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers Most tasks involving two or more parties are less difficult if each party understands what the others are going to do. Within the…

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Rules of the Road: USCG aims to curb illegal charters

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers In a recent action by the U.S. Coast Guard in Miami, the voyage of a 65-foot yacht was terminated after the vessel…

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Rules of the Road: IMO talks satellite providers, autonomous ships, Polar Code

The world’s primary regulatory body for maritime regulations, the International Maritime Organization, had a full agenda at its semi-annual meeting in May. Here is a summary of the major topics…

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Rules of the Road: Prepare to be boarded this season

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers Sovereign and other self-governing nations have the right to control any activities within their own borders, including those of visiting yachts. Authority…

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Rules of the Road: Ship recycling rule applies to yachts, too

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers With the renewed push for more environmentally friendly approaches in yachting, this month’s column will revisit and update an existing topic:  ship…

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Rules of the Road: Time to replace halon systems

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers Every vessel on the water, from the smallest runabout to the largest tanker, has some type of fire-extinguishing system on board. It…

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