Rules of the Road

Steering gear, emergency escapes, closed spaces, repatriation initiatives affect yachts

As we say goodbye to 2015 and welcome in the New Year, we look ahead to what awaits us in the world of maritime regulations. The various regulatory bodies were…

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Interpretation a part of repatriation: How do I get home?

“All the world’s a stage; and all the men and women merely players.” Shakespeare’s famous quote certainly describes yacht crew. They comprise an internationally diverse group of characters. On any…

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Choosing a flag takes more than tax planning and patriotism

Congratulations. The boss just bought a new yacht. This could be the culmination of many years of hard work and planning, or maybe the continued addiction of being on the…

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Flag state the authority on crew numbers, minimum manning

The number of people on board a yacht is a topic that has been discussed everywhere from the highest halls of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to the most obscure…

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U.S. cruising license requires bareboat charters

During the past month, several yachts have advised our office of difficulty in obtaining and/or renewing their cruising license with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). Upon further investigation and…

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Wacky crew mishaps can both entertain and educate

The winter and spring seasons are over. The shipyard refits are nearing an end, the owner’s plans are finalized, and charters are booked. In the course of our daily work,…

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Nairobi International Convention cleans up on the removal of wrecks

The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007, was adopted by an international conference held in Kenya in 2007. The Convention, also referred to as the WRC, provides…

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Mixed migration at sea in the Mediterranean

The first quarter of the calendar year is usually packed full with shipyard refits, new crew assignments, and owners deciding on their summer plans. Unfortunately, the beginning of this year…

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Cuba laws remain but yacht travel is easier

In January, the U.S. government made a major shift in policy regarding its trade with Cuba. After 54 years of strict trade embargo enforcement, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign…

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New charter rules in the USVI

In December, U.S. President Obama signed into law the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014. This legislation contained multiple appropriations and various new regulations. For the…

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