Helideck certification is a mandatory requirement for commercial vessels built to PYC and LY3, and this is also the case with RMI's new yacht code.
The registry has worked with the Helideck Certification Agency (HCA) in the past, an arrangement that will continue alongside this announcement. But this move has been made, IRI's director, business development, Patrick Bachofner said, to offer broader scope to its clients during the design or conversion process. As colleague Alexander von Stein said, "it allows us to offer compliance without going to extremes."
The Squadron team is a collection of experienced helicopter pilots that offer a full consultancy service on the design and installation of a helideck, and has consequently created a set of superyacht-specific parameters to achieve certification.
As yacht fleet operations manager, Marc Verburg, said safety is the registry's primary concern and this step was taken in response to enquiries made by a number of captains. And by bringing in a superyacht-focused agency, yachts being built under the RMI flag can achieve certification with a design that is conducive to the GA of a superyacht. In Verburg's terms, "there's an increased need for commercially certified helideck platforms, which we are responding to."