Superyacht crew recruitment brings with it a burden of duty far greater than placement of land-based roles. Yacht crew of all levels are responsible for looking after young children, valuable items belonging to the owner placed on board and – to some extent for all the crew on board – the responsibility for safety of life at sea. Mark Barker, Edge Yachts’ in-house expert on background checks, shares some insight into the process.
Avoid becoming like Ned Stark by losing your head before things even get going…
For the busiest crews currently hopping around the Med, it may seem like an eternity until the days get shorter, the nights draw in and you pull into the shipyard for your next refit period. But for many captains and engineers out there, now is the time to get your upcoming refit planning underway. Winter, as they say, is coming.
For owners and captains of foreign flagged vessels hoping to explore the buzzing cosmopolitan of Miami, relax on the white sand beaches of Malibu or wonder at the raw wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, there are many regulations to consider before cruising any US waters. These regulations vary between commercial and noncommercial use, and can also depend on vessel size.
The US Coast Guard and US Customs and Border Protection are the lead law enforcement agencies for these regulations and, as such, it is key for yachts and their management representatives to maintain professional relationships with these agencies. With this in mind, Edge Yachts ensures we employ experienced maritime personnel on staff, including retired US Coast Guard enforcement officers, who can assist owners and crew of foreign flagged vessels remain in compliance with these ever changing regulations.
Our Director of Operations is Mark Barker, who worked for the US Coast Guard for over 20 years, enforcing federal maritime law, environmental protection regulations and marine safety standards, ideally positioning him to best advise yachts on keeping compliant. Edge Yachts offers this advice as part of our value-added service to our clients; this isn’t something for which we charge extra, as we understand how important it is to ease the operational burdens of the vessels we manage.
Below, Mark shares the primary entrance regulations to consider before heading into US waters. Failure to comply with these will result in yachts being blocked from entering port, as well as hefty monetary fines, so read on!
Electronic Notice of Arrival/Departure (eNOAD) Vessels of 300 gross tons and above must submit an eNOAD. Notice of Arrival requirements must be received 24 to 96 hours prior to arrival and eNOADs must also be submitted when travelling from one Coast Guard sector to another.
Certificate of Financial Responsibility (COFR) Vessels of 300 gross tons and above are also required to obtain a COFR, which demonstrates a vessel’s ability to pay for clean-up and damage costs up to the liability limits required by the Oil Pollution Act. An application with all supporting documentation and applicable fees must be submitted at least 21 days before the certificate is needed.
Non-Tank Vessel Response Plans (NTVRP) This is required for any self-propelled, non-tank vessel over 400 tons that operates in US waters, uses oil as its main propulsion and does not carry oil as cargo. It should be noted that travel to California, Alaska and the Panama Canal requires additional plans.
Shipboard Oil Pollution Plan (SOPEP) Regulation 37 of Annex I of MARPOL requires that oil tankers of 150 gross tons or more and all non-tank vessels of 400 gross tons or more carry an approved Shipboard Oil Pollution Plan.
Garbage Management Plan In accordance with Regulation 9 of Annex V MARPOL 73/78, every ship of 400 gross tons and above, and every ship certified to carry 15 persons or more must comply by developing and implementing a Garbage Management Plan.
Port State Control Inspection If you are arriving into the United States for the first time, or have been out of the country for some time, then it is very likely you will receive a Port State Control inspection, conducted by the US Coast Guard. Although this inspection will cover safety, training, certificates and environmental protection issues, every Captain of the Port tends to focus on area specific items as well.
Getting vessel-specific information and guidance on pre-boarding vessel inspection and preparation for US Coast Guard Port State Control examinations, inspection attendance and deficiency resolution is the safest way to ensure this process is as smooth and stress free as possible.
If you have any questions about the above or any other regulations surrounding entering US waters as a foreign flagged vessel, be sure to get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org
Great to see the yachting media picking up on important crew training issues such as the STCW refresher courses. We are so pleased to have been able to share our thoughts on the issue through the article from Edge Yachts Founder and Director Anthony Sands.
With new changes to how tax authorities are communicating account holder information between each other, there could be far reaching implications for superyacht crew. The Common Reporting Standard could have a dramatic impact on your finances by revealing where your tax responsibilities lie. Mikaela Favill of Edge Yachts looks at how this could impact on what many crew have so far considered to be their ‘tax free’ earnings…
On 2 April, Edge Yachts dug out the golf clubs, donned a ‘rock theme’ attitude and headed out to the Hillcrest Golf & Country Club for the charity event hosted by National Marine Suppliers.
It’s always great to get to know more crew and discuss the most important issues in their working lives. This March we hosted two events in Barcelona, including an informal but informative barbecue co-hosted with St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc, and a private dinner with whiskey tasting…
Are you and your crew prepared for the upcoming deadline for the STCW refresher courses? If not you could face a very difficult situation preventing your superyacht from operating come 2017. With only a year to go, courses are booking up fast and there looks likely to be a shortfall of spaces. Make sure you know the facts with an update from Mikaela Favill…
We are currently seeking an experienced yacht manager and DPA to join our fast growing team in a friendly, service-oriented environment.
An excellent understanding of regulatory compliance and experience in luxury yacht operations (ideally both ashore and onboard) is required, and an existing network in yachting is essential.
The successful candidate will be a qualified ISM auditor with excellent working knowledge of all regulatory needs of both private and commercial superyachts, and have a ‘team player’ attitude.
The position could be located either in Fort Lauderdale or Barcelona, depending on the preferences and needs of the successful candidate, and a competitive salary will be offered commensurate to experience.
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