Stanley Yacht Services

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

U.S. Coast Guard Approves Official Electronic Charts

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard published guidance that allows mariners to use electronic charts and publications instead of paper charts, maps and publications.

The Coast Guard published Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, NVIC 01-16, on Feb. 5 to provide uniform guidance on what is now considered equivalent to chart and publication carriage requirements.

Image | PassageMaker.com
Combining the suite of electronic charts from the U.S. hydrographic authorities and the Electronic Charting System standards published this past summer by the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, the Coast Guard believes official electronic charts provide mariners with a substitute for the traditional official paper charts.

This technology will also allow mariners to take advantage of information and data to enhance situational awareness during voyage planning and while underway.

“After consultation with our Navigation Safety Advisory Committee, the Coast Guard will allow mariners to use official electronic charts instead of paper charts, if they choose to do so. With real-time voyage planning and monitoring information at their fingertips, mariners will no longer have the burden of maintaining a full portfolio of paper charts,” said Capt. Scott J. Smith, the chief of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Navigation Systems.

The new guidance applies to vessels subject to U.S. chart, or map, and publication carriage requirements codified in Titles 33 and 46 CFR and provides a voluntary alternative means to comply with those requirements.

“Mariners have been requesting the recognition of this capability for some time,” said Smith. “When you combine the new expanded Automatic Identification System carriage requirement and the capability that an ECS provides, it should provide a platform to move American waterways into the 21st century.”

“Together, with our industry and international partners, we are leveraging modern technology to contribute to the safety, security and prosperity of our nation,” said Smith.

View NVIC 01-16 at: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvic/pdf/2016/NVIC_01-16_electronic_charts_and_publications.pdf

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

106-Foot Expedition Yacht Likely Unrecoverable
M/Y Serena III Founders Off Fort Lauderdale

Brazilian-flagged Serena III was on her way to the Bahamas. 
"Mayday, mayday, mayday .... We are sinking." The distress call went out around half past six on Monday evening and, according to Sea Tow captain, Tim Morgan, less than two hours later, M/Y Serena III had capsized, sinking some 1,200 feet, 15 miles east of Hillsboro Inlet.

Responding assets from the U.S. Coast Guard successfully rescued the captain, six guests and six crew members. And for that, we are most grateful, as always.
     Dramatic Rescue Off Lauderdale After Mega-Yacht Sinks

The Coast Guard will investigate this incident, according to Public Affairs Specialist, Jon-Paul Rios, who described the rescue as "really hectic" due to unfavorable weather. Winds were blowing about 15-20 knots out of the east and south east.

Watch the dramatic footage provided by the USCG.


To read more and see additional photos:
Thirteen people rescued after superyacht sinks off the coast of Florida | Daily Mail Online
M/Y Serena III sinks off Ft. Lauderdale | The Triton


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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Guts Of A Ghost Ship
Costa Concordia Revisited

This pic-tour of the doomed cruise ship is both jarring and eerie. We remember the lost souls with respect.

Costa Concordia - Voyage of Tragedy. Take a look inside and see what happens when you take a 110,000 ton ship carrying...
Posted by Panoram Italia Magazine on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Just A Reminder:
#WearIt!


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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year, Mates!



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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Before You Board That Uber Boat, Ask The Captain If He Has A License
USCG Issues Holiday Weekend Safety Reminder

With year-end festivities already underway, the Coast Guard took a moment on Wednesday to remind everyone of some key factors to safe boating. Along with standard safety guidelines such as life jackets and sobriety, the USCG noted that operators of boats for hire must hold a valid Merchant Mariner Credential (captain's license) adding,

"This includes captains using smart phone apps to provide boating services." 

This is obviously in response to the advent of so-called "Uber boats" and other similar services in South Florida and we are pleased to see the Coast Guard making the point. Without belaboring same, not all "boat drivers" are licensed (nor do they need to be when operating small vessels under purely recreational circumstances). However, if s/he is accepting fare-paying passengers, your helmsman must have the proper credentials readily available for inspection. Don't assume; just ask.

Coast Guard to public: Be safe this holiday weekend

So, enjoy the water this weekend, mates. And remember: if you need a licensed captain, don't hesitate to contact us.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Staggering Solo Pacific Row Success After 209 Days!
(Because Crossing Atlantic Wasn't Hard Enough?)

"I did the Atlantic three years ago, and, not that I found it easy, but it didn't push me as far as I thought it would so I went out looking for a difficult challenge and I found one that was definitely what I was looking for." And that's how 53-year-old John Beeden became the first person to row across the Pacific alone and non-stop.
  Briton Back On Land After Record Pacific Voyage
What an amazing feat and proof of a man's resilience, discipline and mental fortitude. We're so happy Mr Beeden made it across safely; hope he got more than those ginger biscuits as a treat.  Cheers to you, mate!


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Friday, December 25, 2015

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Congrats To National Safe Boating Council!
"Wear It!" Campaign Snags National PR Award


NSBC Wear It! campaign wins national award
Cheers to the NSBC team on this well-deserved recognition!

As a member of the Council, Stanley Yacht Services is proud to support the Wear It! and Saved By The Beacon outreach campaigns as well as other important initiatives aimed at making recreational boating safer and, therefore, more enjoyable for all of us.

Well done, mates!



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Thursday, December 3, 2015

USCG Issues Marine Safety Alert
Are Your Navigation Lights In Compliance?

'Tis the season! We're all decorating our boats and making them look extra festive for holiday parties and boat parades. Anyone getting ready for this year's Winterfest, for example? Well, the Coast Guard would like to remind you to decorate responsibly, mates. Read on:


So, as always, safety first. Pay close attention to your lights and enjoy the festivities!

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