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36 year old female missing in the Caribbean

Police in Grenada are searching for Linnea Veinotte (36) who is believed to have been taken while out running on Sunday. It is thought that Linnea was last seen near her home which is in the shouthern tip of Grenada on the 6th of December at around 8am local time.  Matt Veinotte, her Husband is reported to have said Linnea was out running with her dog. After the dog was found badly injured, he believes both may have been struck by a vehicle. He now fears she may have been taken.  The car that possibley struck the missing 36 year old is thought to be a blue, navy or dark grey Excudo or Suzuki. It is believed that the car will now be showing damage to the right fron side and may have stopped to change a damaged tire.  A reward of $100,000 XCD has been offered ...

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When must a Superyacht be ISPS Code compliant?

To answer this question, you must understand if the Superyacht is considered as a passenger vessel (which is nothing to do with size or gross tonnage).   If there is more than 12 passengers onboard (not including crew), paying or not, on charter, if the vessel is over 500GT. Then vessel must be International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) compliant at all times and the crew must possess the relevant approved security training.   Most Superyachts are classed in accordance with the MCA's Large Yacht Code (whether UK flag or not), so almost all stay under 12 passengers so they don't become "passenger vessels" (ISPS has a more regulations to comply with) so technically most Superyachts are classed as "cargo vessels".   The mai...

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NEED A DECENT OFFSHORE SEAFARER BANK ACCOUNT?

ATTENTION ALL YACHT CREW: NEED A DECENT OFFSHORE SEAFARER BANK ACCOUNT?       Setting up an offshore bank account must be one of first things to do to be able to receive salary. Using your local retail bank account while you are abroad is hugely expensive and impractical (high international transfer and foreign exchange fees, card fees abroad, no international support, cards sent only to home address, etc). If you do have account already, you might consider changing your bank for the better offering.   Whilst having an International account is essential, without assistance setting up an International account can be time consuming and frustrating, as well as there is a high chance of account decline due to incorrect form comple...

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JPMA 'Safety Selfie'

          Win a GoPro!   Now is the time to get inventive, with JPMA's 'Safety Selfie' Competition.   In line with the newest edition of COSWP (Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seafarers) being published, we want you to send us your 'Safety Selfie'.   The selfie must show you carrying out a task on board - it can be any job by any crew member, but it must contain safety gear, safety drills or hazardous jobs being carried out in a safe manner or anything else that fits the remit.  Upload your #JPMAsafetyselfie to our Facebook page using the hashtag.   The picture with the most 'likes' on 29th April 2016 will win our star prize of a GoPro Hero camera.   You can sh...

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FREE Additional Training Modules - Anti-Piracy & Terrorism Awareness

Due to the associated threats and risks to the Maritime Industry, most waters are in range of armed robbers, maritime pirates and terrosist groups.   S4ST have included the following modules to our MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Maritime Security Training (SSO and PDSD) Courses at no extra cost and includes an dditional S4ST Certificate of Compentency in the following: Anti-Piracy & Terrorism Awareness Modules:   An introduction to Maritime Piracy / Maritime Anti-Piracy Countermeasures / An Introduction to Terrorism / An Introduction to Improvised / Explosive Devices / Maritime Terrorism, An Emerging Threat / Weapons - Parts & Components / Explosive Devices of Terrorism.

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Fraser Yachts sells 74m New Construction Project from Amels

Fraser Yachts has announced the sale of a new construction 74 metre Amels – the second hull of the Amels 242 Limited Edition range – scheduled for delivery in spring 2017. Antoine Larricq of Fraser Yachts Monaco represented the buyer in the purchase of the project. A long?standing repeat client, this will be the 4th New Build project that Mr Larricq has overseen on behalf of the buyer and his 9th New Build project sold in recent years. Tim Heywood is designing the sleek and elegant lines of the exterior, while Andrew Winch designs the interior, working very closely with the Owner to fulfil his personal vision. The yacht will be used for world cruising and features an elongated aft deck, thus creating superior exterior luxury spaces with a light ...

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£150million super yacht owned by Kazakh billionaire docks in Dartmouth

A £150million super yacht belonging to a multi-billionaire has brought a touch of glamour to Dartmouth this weekend.The stunning, newly built, Lady Lara, stopped in to the South Devon port en-route to Norway as part of her maiden voyage.The £150million ship is owned by super-rich Kazakhstani tycoon Alexander Machkevitch.A friend of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Mr Machkevitch is worth an estimated £2billion.He made his fortune in the mining industry, as a major shareholder of the London-based Eurasian National Resources Corporation. The 91-metre long Lady Lara was launched in April and embarked on her sea trials in July.Arriving from Holland, she is now expected to cross the Atlantic to cruise the winter season between Florida, the Bahamas and the Easter...

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Overnight rentals - has anyone tried it?

I've been seeing a lot of advertising about websites that allow owners, managers or crew to rent out docked yachts overnight, kind of like a hotel room or apartment on airbnb. I was wondering if anyone has tried using Harbourspot.com or bedsonboard.com. It seems like a neat idea because owners earn income that can go towards covering costs when the boat is sitting unused or when it's up for sale. Plus, crew already working on board can offer extra services to guests without the worries and extra work that comes with charters. 

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Moving from Vessel to Vessel v Long Term Job Prospects

Working in the superyacht industry, travelling the world with lots of exiting exepiences is very appealing. Meeting new people along the way, lots of fun ashore and leaving some of the stresses back home. However, if you are serious about a career on Superyachts you will need a good CV. Working on a large number of vessels for short peiods may not be enought to guarentee the best postions. This industry is growing fast and many Superyachts are venturing further afield. Competition is getting tougher. Progressing through the ranks will require commitment and dedication, simply hopping form vessel to vessel may not be the right thing to do. This can also leave captains and owners in difficult situations, being let short staffed. Employers will be looking for the best candidates fullfil...

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How2Yacht Agency - empowering informed choice for yacht crew and captains.

  How2Yacht Agency - empowering informed choice for yacht crew and captains. We are glad to inform you that the new agency called How2Yacht has been launched recently which has put its objective to provide comprehensive support for yacht crew from the beginning of the career up to the highest levels. The agency has a range of individual solutions available for most popular needs of yacht crew and these solutions are available as "Essentials" packages for starter crew, experienced crew and captains with the yacht. The founders of the company are experienced financial professionals who were serving the industry for the last 5 years and they teamed up with captains and maritime consultants to "build the service with yacht professionals for yacht professionals"  One of the foun...

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