Implementation of the MLC for those states that ratified the Convention by August 2012, began last month on 20 August, 2013. As the industry looks closer at the Convention, whose original focus was really the commercial sector, more questions are being asked about its application to superaychts. Döhle Yachts' new guide contains a comprehensive summary of the MLC as well as the latest information, guidance, interpretation and actions required by those involved in the running and management of superyachts.
"Now that the MLC has been implemented, it will have a profound effect on all commercial shipping, including commercial superyachts," explained Döhle Yachts director Robert Tobin. "In the new guide we outline the sections of the MLC which will have the most affect on the owning and operation of superyachts.
"Many people involved in the industry have tried to ignore the implications of the MLC or have hoped that the regulations won't apply to them. We at Döhle Yachts, however, welcome the ratification and introduction of the MLC as a means of insuring standardisation and, where required, the improvement of working conditions for those employed at sea."
Having proved popular with clients and crew, checklists have been included in the guide, as useful reference guides for the compliance requirements of yachts, MLC inspection requirements for commercial yachts and waste management for yachts.
"We were delighted with the positive reaction to, and popularity of, our first guide … I am sure that the new guide will prove to be equally useful and popular. I would seriously recommend that everyone in the industry reads it and that a copy is kept aboard every yacht."
Döhle Yachts and Döhle Corporate and Trust Services will be exhibiting at the Monaco Yacht Show at stand QS65, Dars Sud, where copies of the guide will be available.