Regulation – Page 12

  • News

    South Carolina’s new tax policy impacts boaters


    Changes include annual boat registration fee

  • Superyacht Australia CEO David Good

    New Bill brings Australian foreign-flag charter licence a step closer


    Superyacht Australia will be hoping that it will be a case of third time lucky with regards to securing a licence deal that will enable foreign-flagged superyachts to perform charters while in Australia. Over recent years two previous attempts have not made it through the smallest of margins.

  • News

    USCG Illegal charter crackdown continues


    The United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) focus on illegal charter operations continues in full force with the latest unlawful operator nabbed in Key West, Florida, just off the community’s legendary Mallory Square. The operator faces fines on up to US$39,936.

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    Netherlands steps up Dutch flag marketing


    The Netherlands is stepping up marketing of its registry of sea-going vessels and superyachts to generate more work for the Dutch maritime sector. It has launched a website – – with details on vessel registration and certification, manning requirements and Dutch shipping and tax policies.

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    Sunseeker yacht ‘arrested’ at Ft Lauderdale show; Builder issues statement


    US Marshalls boarded the 74ft yacht as FLIBS came to a close

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    US Senate spending bill includes boating industry priorities


    The United States Senate last week passed a package of appropriations bill that includes funding for some of the recreational boating industry’s top priorities. The move allows members of the Senate and House to meet in conference committee to negotiate a resolution to the differences in spending bills passed by ...

  • News

    Transport Canada adopts ABYC marine safety standards


    Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) has published a policy on the acceptance of ABYC standards as an approved alternative method for small vessel compliance in Canada. The policy is effective as of October 30, 2019.

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    Asia-Pacific yachting moves forward on various fronts


    The Asia-Pacific yachting market has been increasingly marketing itself in a bid to attract more and more superyachts in the region. With the Olympics in Japan next year and the America’s Cup being held in Auckland in May 2021, these promotional initiatives are showing results. Other events are also helping ...

  • News

    International emissions regs could hurt large diesel yachts, jobs


    The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) emissions regulations scheduled to take effect in 2021 could force diesel-powered yacht producers to stop building their larger vessels, which could mean a loss of jobs without a delay in implementation, according to the leadership team at Viking Yachts.

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    ABYC announces dates for 2020 Standards Week


    The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has announced its 11th annual ABYC Standards Week will take place from January 6-10, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Sea you Twerk

    Owner of illegal Miami charter gets federal prison time


    Dallas Ladd will serve 30 days in federal prison as the result of an illegal charter operation he ran, despite US Coast Guard warnings to cease and desist. The 38-year-old Miami Beach, Florida resident is also prohibited from owning or even boarding a boat for three years after his release, ...

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    Greek fleet grows under National Strategic Reference Framework


    This summer saw the first wave of a fleet of generously subsidised yachts in Greece. This is the result of a highly controversial political choice by the previous government to include the yacht market in the National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA) in times of economic crisis.

  • News

    Port of San Diego drafts illegal charter ordinance


    Many major US cities are seeing an increase in illegal charter operations, and the Port of San Diego, California, is releasing a long-awaited draft ordinance that would give the port district oversight of charter vessel operations.

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    Cayman Coast Guard Commandant joins regulatory push


      The move toward commercial and recreational boating regulations for the Cayman Islands is gaining momentum with the nation’s Coast Guard Commandant joining the push and drafting regulations that would apply to commercial vessels operating in the islands with laws for private boaters to follow.

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    US boating accidents, deaths down in 2018


    The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has released safety statistics for 2018 that show a decline in both boating accidents and deaths from the previous year.

  • News

    Minnesota boat dealer pleads guilty to US$3.2m tax fraud


    A Minnesota marine dealer has entered a guilty plea in Washington County District Court to defrauding the state out of approximately US$3.2m in sales tax, penalties and interest.

  • Orion and Smugglers Marine

    NZ builders return to amphibious boat market


    NZ boatbuilders Orion and Smuggler Marine have resumed production of their amphibious boats following a Court of Appeal decision last month that Sealegs had previously won in order to stop them from making amphibious vessels.

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    Marine compliance firms merge


    HPi Verification Services (HPiVS), the UK’s only Notified Body for the EU Recreational Craft Directive (RCD), has merged with RCD specialist CEproof to create HPi-CEproof. Both companies are leading players in the global marine compliance industry.

  • News

    Pressure mounting on Cayman Islands to enact boating regulations


    Pressure from assembly could see host of boating regulations passed in 2016 finally enacted into law

  • News

    Pontoon boat accident leads to calls for rental rule review


    In the wake of a rental boat capsize that dumped 15 vacationers in the Ocean City Inlet channel in Maryland on August 1, some are questioning regulations surrounding boat rentals and what repercussions rental companies face when an accident occurs.