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Bahamas tweaks arrival procedures, adds fee

Editor’s Note: Scroll down for more COVID-related news. Beginning tomorrow, the new entry requirements for visitors and residents of the Bahamas include: A COVID-19 PCR test within 5 days of…

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New Italian VAT rules apply after Oct. 31

By Sara Ammannati New VAT rules on chartering that were expected to come into effect in Italy and France on April 1 were postponed due to the COVID-19 health emergency.…

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Rules of the Road: Some vessels fly fraudulent flags

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers Many ships at sea today fly fraudulent flags. Some flag states do not seem particularly bothered that their national flags are being…

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Crew use COVID downtime to make a difference

By Lucy Chabot Reed Yacht crew all over the world have found interesting and creative ways to make a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. In the Bahamas, Mate/Engr. Paul…

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Sea Science: Hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones have differing intensity scales

Sea Science: by Jordanna Sheermohamed Tropical cyclone is, by definition, a universal label for a system originating over tropical waters of clouds and thunderstorms that exhibit a closed circulation in…

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Bahamas releases COVID-related yacht protocols

The government of The Bahamas has released official COVID-19-related protocols for all boats in the waters of The Bahamas. The protocols apply to “all boats, yachts, private craft, and recreational…

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NOAA report: much of U.S. waters still unmapped

NOAA has released its first report — “Unmapped U.S. Waters” — on the progress made so far in mapping U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters. Pulling from an analysis…

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France, Italy change Med charter VAT laws

By Sara Ammannati and Camille Penquerch January was a month of significant changes for charter activity in the Mediterranean following discussions that began March 8, 2018, between the European Commission…

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Master convicted for delayed report of engine failure

The master of tanker Asphalt Spirit was fined 3,000 Australian dollars after failing to immediately report a main engine breakdown that left the vessel adrift off Queensland last year.  According…

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Iridium authorized to provide GMDSS service

Iridium is now the second mobile satellite system to be officially approved as a Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) service provider. The International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) presented…

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