The ItalianYachtMasters association has taken another step towards cementing itself as a serious organisation dedicated to professionalism in the superyacht industry. On 13 October, 2014, 50 captains and 80 industry professionals met at Yacht Club Marina di Loano for the association’s second Captain’s Day, coordinated by ItalianYachtMaster board member Captain Dario Savino (captain of Regina d’Italia).

Captain Gino Battaglia, another member of the board of directors, began the day by emphasising the results achieved by the association in its first full year of operation, which include cadetships for commercial crew on board superyachts, workshops with management companies and brokerage and workshops surrounding regulatory updates.

Benetti chief executive officer Vincenzo Poerio, spoke about the industry’s organisational model. “Inspired by a [set] of data on employment and economic values of the various segments of the economy of the sea, Mr. Poerio stressed the importance of a set of common objectives to be achieved, such as the organisation of an international event to confront the global clientele,” recounts Captain Savino. Other objectives Poerio highlighted included administrative simplification, the creation of a single, shared system of statistical data and plans for integrated training skills.



Taxation regarding short-term contracts for superyachts according to Italian regulations was addressed by Dr. Torri of San Giorgio Shipping, who also updated those in attendance on the latest bunkering legislation.

Captain Carolo Summonti, member of the board of directors and captain of M/Y Nataly, discussed the success of the on-board internships offered to crew from the commercial industry, while board member Captain Maurizio Captani highlighted the activities carried out by the ItalianYachtMasters in the technical workshops organised for members over the past 12 months.


Results obtained following the reform of the Code of Nautica, he said, included the simplification of administrative arrangements and obligations related to recreational yachting, the revision of crew qualifications and certification, and the simplification of the arrival and departure processes in Italian ports.



The latest regulatory developments were discussed by Dr. Roberto Neglia, responsible for institutional relations at UCINA. Results obtained following the reform of the Code of Nautica, he said, included the simplification of administrative arrangements and obligations related to recreational yachting, the revision of crew qualifications and certification, and the simplification of the arrival and departure processes in Italian ports.

The Captain’s Day closed by looking at the activities and workshops the ItalianYachtMasters association can expect to take place in 2015; it looks like there will be another busy year ahead for the ItalianYachtMasters.

Watch the video of the second ItalianYachtMasters Captain's Day here.