Operating a Fleet of nine vessels on Sydney Harbour is extremely challenging. Over the last 10 years we have developed appropriate Safety Management System (SMS) as required by NSW Maritime/Roads and Maritime Services in paper form. As we are all aware the Safety Management Systems have become, due to legislation, increasingly demanding for crew and the Designated Person Ashore (DPA) to keep all of the documentation valid and current as required by the Regulators.
A $25 million deep-sea timber port, which has been proposed for Smith Bay on Kangaroo Island, is a cause of concern to a nearby abalone farm, for fear that its development could destroy the marine values of the area and deplete its entire abalone stock. Environmental reports, commissioned by Yumbah Aquaculture, indicate that high sediment loads created through construction and operation of the port present a huge long-term risk to the marine ecology of Smith Bay.
The North Sea cod once sustained communities of people across the east coast of Britain, however, after years of overfishing, its population became almost deplete. Over the last decade or so, the EU and Scottish fisherman have played an important role in its recovery, shifting its conservation status from endangered to being in relative abundance.
It is important that vessel operators are completely aware of their surroundings when sharing waterways and have a good working knowledge of the Navigational Rules. Navigation rules gives vessel owners and operators clear instructions about passing, approaching, giving way and overtaking other boats.
New research undertaken at the University of British Columbia (UBC) indicates that up to one third of fish captured in the world’s oceans is not being reported by fisheries. Over a ten-year study, The UBC research initiative, restructured the official UN data with external data, such as university studies, nutritional surveys, and local knowledge, in order to assess the impact of fisheries on the marine ecosystems of the world.
An upstate New York man has been found guilty of the boating death of an 8-year-old California girl who was on holiday with her family on an Adirondack lake in July of last year. Alexander West, 25, has been found guilty of a range of charges, including second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, boating while impaired by alcohol and leaving the scene of a crash, after his motor boat collided with the McCue’s family boat. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
Hidden in the latest Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) consultation on page 32 of the Domestic Commercial Vessel Levy consultation booklet is the AMSA plan to end the independent oral examination by the state for the following qualifications:
AMSA has decided to adopt the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) Large Yacht Code (LY3). If you are an owner or operator of a Super Yacht that this will have affect on please be in touch with our Maritme Consultants on firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of new regulations enter into force. Here is a summary of those that will affect new and existing yachts. Please remember that for regulatory purposes, a yacht is considered a cargo ship. Those yachts that carry more than 12 guests while engaged in trade are by definition a passenger ship, regardless of tonnage. SOLAS Convention, Regulation II-1/29 Steering Gear January 1, 2016: This amendment outlines three different possible methods of demonstrating compliance with testing of steering gears.