Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road: New guidelines for ship energy efficiency management plan

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake DesVergers There are about 70,000 ships engaged in international trade, and this unique industry carries 90 percent of the world’s economic transactions. Sea…

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Rules of the Road: Distress signals rely on EPIRBs being programmed, registered

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers EPIRB. We hear the acronym dropped constantly, but what is this critical piece of lifesaving equipment? An Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)…

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Rules of the Road: Old ‘rules’ a fun part of seafaring lore

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers Seafaring is one of the world’s oldest occupations, so it is only natural that in times when inexplicable events have happened, superstitions…

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Rules of the Road: Know how to define ballast, tanks to meet new rules

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers With the seasonal repositioning of most yachts and the months ahead to be spent in the northern areas of the United States,…

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Rules of the Road: French crew, residents must begin to pay social security

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers During March, the French government enacted a new decree affecting all foreign seafarers based in France. Referencing the guidance provided in the…

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Rules of the Road: Under MLC, crew have right to a complaint procedure

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers The Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) provides seafarers with an extensive right of complaint. Seafarers are entitled to complain about any violation regarding…

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Rules of the Road: Plan for extra sewage before it hits the fan

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desverges With the planned races for the America’s Cup in Bermuda this spring and summer, many yachts are planning to visit this small…

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Rules of the Road: Deciding to carry weapons onboard involves more than security

Rules of the Road by Capt. Jake DesVergers Between the craziness of politics and the economy, 2016 was a tumultuous year. Within the mix of headlines, unfortunately, was news of an…

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New year brings changes to onboard documents, requirements

As we welcome in 2017, we look ahead to what awaits us in the world of maritime regulations. The various regulatory bodies were again busy and 2017 will exhibit many…

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Deadline for new STCW amendments is here

Major revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (the STCW Convention), and its associated Code were adopted at a Diplomatic Conference in Manila,…

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