Rules of the Road

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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Choices to make in commercial certification

As we sit smack in the middle of another boat show season, we must acknowledge that this yachting industry of ours, focused on the pursuit of pleasure, is a multi-billion…

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Action required sooner than later for yachts to comply

After 12 years of development and 6-1/2 years since being adopted, the International Labour Organization (ILO) received its 30th ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006). This historic…

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ECDIS voluntary, requirements mandatory

Each year, or several times each year, a new set of regulations enters into force within our industry. These can involve smaller projects like new oil record books or modifications…

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