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Working together to tackle ocean waste

Article by ONBOARD Magazine

Peter Edwards, Chair of the MYBA Yacht Management Committee

Peter Edwards, Chair of the MYBA Yacht Management Committee discusses MYBA’s role working with other global marine industry organisations to reduce waste pollution that is damaging the marine eco-systems

The superyacht industry faces many challenges and one of them is the issue of waste disposal. It is a matter of growing global concern as it affects the marine environment which is already under threat. The fact is that over the past few years the industry has been demonstrating an improving environmental performance with better waste management on board.

A continuously increasing number of yachts are separating their garbage and even small changes in behaviour such as the strict selection of recyclable materials are making a big difference. But how can yachts dispose of their waste properly? How can they make sure that plastic, which is particularly durable, remains out of the waterways?

The basic principle is to put no plastic waste into the sea and dispose of it ashore, recycling where possible. The ideal scenario is to distinguish contaminated (those that have been in contact with food) and clean plastics. The two are kept separate for reasons of hygiene and because dirty plastics (and other food waste) can contain pathogens which may need to be disposed of differently by the port. This is something that yacht crew are well aware of and they are making genuine efforts in this direction.

Many yachts have also invested a considerable amount of money to install equipment that filters water on taps so that fewer plastic bottles are used on board. The owners and crew are indeed trying their best, however, very few ports and harbours around the world have adequate and convenient reception facilities installed and this means that operational waste from vessels can eventually end up in the sea.

Which brings us to the question of what can be done. The first step is to gather accurate information. MYBA is currently preparing a survey that will be shared with as many captains as possible in order to help collect the necessary data. This is being done with the valuable assistance of the flag states in order to ensure that the data gathered will be useful and lead to positive developments. Flag states have the legal authority and responsibility to enforce regulations upon vessels that are registered under its flag such as those relating to pollution and they are guiding the Association’s initiative.

Once the data has been collected it will be used to open dialogue with individual ports but MYBA, which has a strong voice within the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and at EU level, will also use it to initiate discussions for a change in legislation. The fact is that IMO legislation concerning the matter already exists (MEPC.1/Circ.834) and it requires ports to provide “adequate” facilities to land segregated garbage. The problem is that it appears to be open to interpretation and many ports are not currently implementing it .

2019 is the expected date for the finalisation of the survey’s format and distribution amongst the yachting community, and it will be an important step towards addressing the problem of insufficient points of waste collection. MYBA, which is a worldwide association, is the ideal platform from which to launch this initiative as it possesses both the network and resources to collect information, spread the word and lobby for action.

The ultimate objective is to encourage as many ports as possible to install the proper facilities and thus make easy recycling the norm and not an exception. This will certainly be easier in the Mediterranean but, in other parts of the world, it will require the creation of supporting infrastructure for recycling. This is something that the ports can’t do alone and needs to be part of a greater plan.

Disposing of yacht waste in a responsible manner is a challenging issue but it is one that concerns each and every one of us. It’s all about finding the right balance between enjoying everything that yachting has to offer and minimising its impact on the environment.


Setting standards and striving for excellence

Article by ONBOARD Magazine


John Wyborn MYBA

With the diligence and hard work of John Wyborn, MYBA’s Competency Standard will set the benchmark for professionalism in superyacht transactions and operation

Striving for excellence has always been at the core of MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association’s existence and it certainly is the driving force behind the MYBA Competency Standard. The Standard is a consultation document designed to provide those beginning to work for a MYBA Member company with a clearly defined pathway of the areas in which they need to improve their skills in order to ensure success. Whether they are crew moving to a shore based career or just out of school/university, they will all have access to a structured learning plan.

How did it come about? In 2014 Cora Tracey, MYBA’s Executive Officer, presented a proposal to the MYBA Board concerning the creation of a competency standard to act as a guide for the continuing professional development of the Membership. The initiative received enthusiastic support and Ian Biles, who runs the successful annual MYBA Superyacht Brokers’ Seminar, undertook the ground work. After four years of careful consideration and planning, the Standard was announced at the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show and was warmly welcomed by the superyacht industry. When it is fully implemented next year, clients and industry professionals alike will have clear and objective confirmation of what many already understand: that MYBA sets the benchmark for professionalism in superyacht transactions and operations. The MYBA Competency Standard is set to be a game-changer, a living document that reflects the needs of our industry.

Why do we call it a living document? Because it will never be “finished” as it will always need to be updated in order to reflect changes in the industry, law or regulations.

Why do we consider it a game changer? Because this has never been done before in any sector of our industry. At this point it is important to clarify that this is not a qualification; it is a standard. You may ask what the difference is. A qualification certifies that something has been learned; a standard defines an expectation.

The MYBA Competency Standard is divided into three columns, just like an apprenticeship standard. These are knowledge, skills and behaviours. There are two main sections. The first is a core section common to all candidates, wherever they may wish to work; the idea is to provide a common base level for all MYBA Members. The second contains more advanced and detailed competencies in the specialist area of Sales Broker, Retail Charter Broker & Charter Fleet Manager (these two are combined) and Operational Manager. The idea here is that once a candidate has completed the core and specialist parts of the standard they should be able to function effectively and independently within a Member company.

How will it be used? That shall be decided over the coming months and will be discussed in depth first by the MYBA Membership. The logical development is that the knowledge section will be verified by some type of written or oral examination. This could be organised in¬house, like the current Membership exams, or outsourced to another organisation. The skills and behaviour section will need to be attested by senior MYBA Members. For example, once a junior broker has organised sea trials a specific number of times (to be decided) to the satisfaction of their employer, this can be recorded in a “training record”. The training record could be a digital one, to be accessed on a smartphone or tablet.

The standard could form a part of the MYBA Membership application process, or a qualifying condition for access to YACHTFOLIO or E-Contracts. Clearly it will apply at some point to new Members however, precise criteria may need to be developed for people with plenty of qualifying experience who have just never applied for MYBA Membership.

It has taken years to nurture this idea, it will take a few more months for it to come into use but it is expected to live long and serve as an inspiration for yachting professionals to move onwards and upwards.

The Right Choice

Article by ONBOARD Magazine


Raphael Sauleau, MYBA

Raphael Sauleau, Chair of the MYBA Communications Committee shares his thoughts about the reasons to #chooseaMYBAMember

An important challenge that the yachting industry is facing is the growth in start-up companies which have little experience and no real training in yacht charter and brokerage. As regulated as our industry is, it is still extremely easy in this automated age for new entrants to create an appealing profile and make competitive offers. However, the lack of expertise, qualifications and professionalism displayed by many of these companies can pose a serious risk for clients. If you would like to avoid that possibility, you really should choose to work with a MYBA Member.

MYBA The Worldwide Yachting Association has set strict requirements for attaining Membership status. Its Members have a proven track record of ethical trading, are in possession of professional indemnity insurance and use industry standard documents that have been developed by MYBA over the years. The MYBA Charter and Sales Agreements are amongst the most well-known and provide the framework governing the purchase and charter of yachts. MYBA Members have 24/7 access to a worldwide network of the industry’s specialists in every field including charter, brokerage, new build, management, crew, marine law, fiscal issues, flag & certification issues, safety, accident & incident management and security & protection. They are able to source information and guidance from the very best. With Corporate Members in 19 countries, MYBA also has a strong global voice and it uses it to inform and educate policy-makers about the effects that changes in laws & regulations could have on the superyacht industry. Simply said, MYBA Members have the information and qualifications necessary to safeguard both owners and charterers against any risk.

The risk may be financial and the consequences could be that clients end up paying more than they should for a yacht, that warranties have not been properly negotiated or that the yacht is not properly registered exposing them to higher taxation. The risk can also be safety-related in which case the consequences could be poor refit standards or poor project management that will incur extra maintenance or replacement work within a few years or the risk causing injury before that. Last but not least, there is a legal risk which may result in improper registration and poor guidance on legal ownership, VAT or taxation when chartering the yacht.

These consequences are not always apparent at the beginning and they can make their appearance months or even years after a purchase, refit or new build. If they do and the buyer, owner or charterer seeks legal redress, the risk of a non-MYBA Member not possessing professional indemnity insurance is higher and the chance of funds being returned or compensation extended is lower.

As far as chartering is concerned, there is an additional risk. Non-MYBA Members may not be as familiar with the yachts proposed and the crew mix on board, and they will not necessarily have the network of contacts within the industry to ask for guidance and recommendations. This means that the charterers will be taking the risk that the yacht may not perfectly match their needs and expectations. MYBA Members have a well-informed opinion about the global fleet as they attend multiple yacht shows every year in order to personally appraise the yachts and their crew. They recognise the importance of the human factor which can make or break a charter and they go out of their way to follow crew movements and the level of talent, be it culinary or service orientated.

However, their manner in business or the tools that they have at their disposal are not the only reasons that make MYBA Members the reliable choice. MYBA Members are experts at what they do. In fact, more than 50% of MYBA’s Individual Members have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the industry. In 2017, 76% of the yachts listed for charter and 68% of the yachts (over 30m) sold were by MYBA Members and those numbers do speak for themselves.

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