Itália: Floating Life 2016 Captain’s Meeting



30 superyacht captains of Floating Life yacht fleet and not, together to discuss the industry’s key safety and security issues for operators.

* Geanluca Porio, Itália
Sand People Communication


Two days of discussions with super-yacht captains
From safety and awareness towards the 2010 Manila — Amendments, taxation and fiscalrepresentation
Suppor vessels, a new trend?

Floating Life organized its second edition of Floating Life Captains’ Meeting.

30 superyacht captains of Floating Life yacht fleet and not, together to discuss the industry’s key safety and security issues for operators.
Straying from the minutiae of the myriad rules and regulations to which each and every
superyacht must adhere, discussions focused on the minimization of risk through a focus on people, as opposed to the yacht itself.
Enrico Ursomando – RINA Maritime Office Training Manager – invited at the event, exposed to delegates that approximately 80% of incidents are the result of human error, be it fatigue or lack of qualifications.Andrea Pezzini, CEO of Floating Life, disputed this with his own view, suggesting that human error can occur at any moment in a yacht’s life, from its creation in the shipyard all the way until its eventual demise.

The “day one” of the meeting so underlined the importance of awareness and working
relationships for the minimization of risk. At today auditing is usurping the importance of survey  While the latter still have their place in ensuring a superyacht’s hardware is up to scratch, audits have risen to prominence because of the priority that they give to limiting and highlighting human error.

Ursomando explained that “Brain, procedure, paperwork,” he said, highlighting that experience,awareness and adaptability must form the foundation of safety procedures, with paperworkrepresenting proof. With that mention, delegates began to explore the importance of the relationship between captain and yacht manager – a relationship that has not always been a comfortable one. “If only yacht manager has a good relationship with a captain, when asuperyacht encounters dangerous conditions, he can be a big help” – Andrea Pezzini referred.

Day two’s discussions moved towards the 2010 Manila Amendments, taxation and fiscal representation. The Manila Amendments, which came into force in 2012 with a five-year transitional period, were created to ensure global standards and will be in place to train and
certify seafarers. A yacht’s current certification will no longer be accepted by the end of 2016, and as an industry have, by and large, been too slow on the uptake.

Major shipping and oil companies need to also comply by 1 January 2017. Due to the lack of qualified schools able to issue the updated certification – the superyacht personnel are going to find it extremely difficult to obtain certification because of over-subscription to the requisitecourses. Large companies have booked all the available spaces they can in order to ensure a certified work force. The IMO’s states that there will be no further extension (already given by the a five-year transition period).

More about 2010 Manila Amendments

The 2010 Manila Amendments to the Staw Convention and Code were adopted on the 25th of June 2010 making a revision of the existing Staw Convention and Code.From February 2017 onwards, seafarers must comply with all the 2010 amendments. These are aimed at bringing the Convention and Code up-to-date with developments. A number of important changes including:

-fraudulent practices associated with Certificate of Competency
-new certification requirements for all seafarers
-new requirements related to training in modern technologies such as electronic charts and information systems (ECDIS)
-new requirements for marine environment awareness training

Support vessels, new trend for next the decade?

Day 1 of Floating Life Captains’ meeting saw also the presentation of Filippo Rossi, freshly appointed Sales&Marketing Rep for Lynx Yachts, about the new trend of shadow boats. Also called support vessels, they are created to accompany the mother ship, supplying additional storage, large tender transport, laundry and ironing, submersibles, water toys, helicopters, etc.,or as support vessels for race boats. They double, if not triple, the space available for owners,allowing them to bring everything they desire on vacation with them, including their favorite car or helicopter.Depending on the boat’s configuration and final use, a shadow boat also means extra space for guests or the possibility to include, just for example, a professional galley, spa or gym. The benefits of owning a support vessel stretch beyond the obvious “extension of the beach club”. A support vessel offers tremendous space-savings when building a new yacht. This may very well result in smaller mother ship size, which in turn can result in even lower build and running costs, such as less crew in numbers. Is this what can be defined a new trend?

About Floating Life

Floating Life International is a Swiss company, specialized in the management, charter and sales of super- and mega-yachts. Floating Life manages the “company boat” in a completely professional manner for the owner, relievinghim of any possible problems related to the management of his yacht.To better develop our project of excellent client service with the highest specialization possible, Floating Life has restructured as a Group. The Holding controls the following companies: Floating Life Charter & Broker, Floating Life Management (including management of the YachtPlus fractional ownership program), Floating Life Crew

Management, Floating Life New Custom Construction & Survey, and Floating Life Italy, which already managesthe Floating Life Style Brand for crew uniform production. The holding is expanding its range of action through several agencies in Moscow, India, the Caribbean (Antigua) and South America. The primary instrument for the client is the Concierge 24/7/365 service. This structure’s function is to filter and allocate requests to internal resources, by means of global management giving a rapid answer to every client’s need. A service based on excellence and tailored to each individual client’s needs. Since 2009 Floating Life is part of the YachtPlus program, the unique fractional ownership program for super yachts. With a fleet of 41 meter yachts, designed by Lord Norman Foster and built at the Rodriguez Cantieri Navali, Floating life manages the fleet’s front desk together with the owners

*Edição – Adilson Pacheco
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