We believe that yacht management should be about providing reassurance that the superyacht operations are as safe as possible. Our team of highly experienced experts will ensure your vessel exceeds the relevant safety and security standards, meaning you can focus on the enjoyment of your guests, friends and family onboard.

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ISM and Mini ISM systems, auditing and manuals tailored to each yacht’s needs

Provision of DPA and DOC for all major Flag States

Ongoing support for all operational and planned maintenance systems onboard

24/7 shoreside emergency support

ISM – Our approach to each client’s ISM system is completely tailored to the vessel’s needs. We believe there should never be compromise on the safety of the guests and crew on board, but that superyacht management should be carried out in an efficient and economical way. As such, our safety management systems (SMSs) take into account the superyacht refit and repair cycle to allow for planned maintenance. All Edge Yachts’ safety and security manuals are approved by all major Flag States*.

Custom mini ISM – Red Ensign commercial yachts under 500GT and over 24m are required to comply with the ISM Code to a Mini ISM standard, which is less stringent than the full ISM standard but provides reassurance for guests and charter guests travelling on board. Edge Yachts custom-designs each SMS for its Mini ISM clients with as much commitment and attention to detail as its largest superyacht client.

Voluntary ISM Yacht Compliance – Some captains and owners of private superyachts request a SMS be created for their vessel, even if not required by law. This may exceed the basic requirements of a Mini ISM but not all those of a full ISM, and have benefits to the yacht for the purpose of insurance or resale value. Edge Yachts can provide a tailored SMS solution to these clients, without submitting the SMS to Flag State for approval.

Designated Person Ashore & Documents of Compliance – The ISM Code requires that a land-based professional acts as a link between those onboard and the owning company of the vessel. Our team of master mariners provides you with the reassurance that your Designated Person Ashore (or DPA) brings with them enormous experience at sea, including on superyachts, and can empathise with any situation your captain and crew are facing.

*We hold Documents of Compliance for all the major Flag States, including: Cayman Islands, Marshall Islands, Bermuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Malta and Jamaica [MCA/UK or US?]. Our team is also Lloyd’s Register certified.

ISPS Code compliance management, auditing and SSP development

Company Security Officer and Designated Person Ashore provision

Ongoing supervision and support for ISPS Code compliance

As a global security measure, and a part of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), compliance to the ISPS Code (or International Ship and Port Facility Security Code) is mandatory for all large charter yachts over 500GT.

Developed after the attacks on 9/11, the ISPS Code provides a standardised and consistent framework for evaluating risk through changes in vulnerability for ships and port facilities through unique assessments of individual vessels. Relevant vessels are required to create tailored Ship Security Plan (SSP) based on assessments and audits of the onboard operations as well as the physical attributes of the vessel.

Our team will assist you in every step of ISPS Code compliance, providing advice and guidance to ensure certification is maintained and remains valid, while also providing a realistic and achievable approach to operation.

Our experience with the ISPS Code will guarantee you smooth sailing from the initial development of your SSP through to inspections and audits, and our shoreside team offers uncompromising support for the Company Security Officer and DPA roles in emergency situations.

Assistance with obtaining a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance Certificate

Advice on up-to-date regulations for MLC 2006 compliance

Coming into force in August 2013, the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) caused a significant stir in the luxury yacht world. Having been created as a way of improving conditions for all those who work at sea, it consolidated dozens of existing pieces of legislation from the International Maritime Organization. It also created a number of new hurdles that superyacht owners and captains would have to jump in order to operate for charter.

Areas covered by the MLC 2006 include crew accommodation, payroll, employment contracts, complaint procedures and employee rights. To add to the complexity, as well as home port registration, individual crew nationality can also have an impact on the yacht’s obligations.

Although it can seem daunting, working with a skilled team of yacht management professionals will assist you and your superyacht crew in ensuring 100% compliance to the MLC 2006, giving you peace of mind for any potential inspections by port state control.

Our Edge Yachts team of administrative experts understands the nuances and very latest updates on MLC 2006 regulation. Whether you have a private vessel looking to move into charter or a recently delivered new build superyacht, we will guide you through the process of obtaining a Declaration of Maritime Labour Compliance Certificate (DMLCC) and maintaining your status of compliance going forwards.

Co-ordination of surveys in accordance with the Small Vessel Code of Practice