The group’s management division in particular, has been bolstered significantly with the addition of Nikolas Rabier as fleet manager, Roberto Dellepiane as both fleet manager and ISM/ISPS manager, and Frank de Costa as technical manager.
All three men bring a wealth of operative experience to their shoreside positions. YPI's group marketing manager, Mark Duncan, said that the spate of appointments were in line with the company's prolonged commitment to its management provision.
"The yacht management division has always been a vitally important part of our business. I think we were one of the first in the industry to offer the service way back at the end of the 1970s.
"We have always prided ourselves in employing yacht managers and technical support staff with a proven background in superyachting - either as captains or chief engineers - as well those who have solid commercial shipping experience and know-how."
Duncan added that this knowledge had taken on added significance with the increasingly stringent commercial regulations that govern the superyacht industry. "We are just increasing that know-how and intelligence base with some excellent new members", he said.
Rabier is a former commercial captain, as well as a Lloyd’s marine surveyor. It was parent company BRS Group’s commercial expertise that acted as encouragement for him. “There are not many yacht companies today that have the type of solid yachting experience YPI has mixed with the incredible 157-years of shipping experience held by BRS”, he explained. “I am looking forward to working with a strong operational team and to helping some of our client owners get even more out of their yachting.”
Former Italian Navy Lieutenant and chief safety officer for V-Ships, Dellepiane also expressed his respect for the marriage of yachting and commercial expertise. “BRS and YPI have always demanded of their yacht managers and I am pleased to be able to bring my experience to the YPI Group at a time when the yachting industry is going through so much change.”
And completing the group’s hat-trick of managerial appointments, de Costa has served as a chief engineer on superyachts including Skat and Rio Rita. “As a chief engineer on some important yachts I have had the pleasure of working with a number of management companies and I’ve seen first-hand the reasons so many captains just cannot work with them.” Yet de Costa is mindful of focusing on the minutiae of management and preventing the frontline team from doing their job. “There’s a fine line between micromanaging and restricting a yacht’s operation and getting the best out of the captain and crew”, he said.
(bottom row, l-r): Valerie Nahon, Vaniese Baldacchino.
And Valerie Nahon is the new group financial controller, following a three-year spell at Y.CO.