We examine the regulatory environment that yachts operate in. These regulations are ever-changing (which is why yacht management companies are usually hired so that they can keep abreast of all these changes), but it is important for a purser to be educated on the legalities of owning and operating a super yacht.


Topics covered*:

  • What is a Superyacht and Superyacht Codes

  • Yacht Regulation Breaks

  • Maritime Treaties and Conventions

  • Industry Bodies and the 4 Pillars


  • Flag State

    • Nationality, Rights and Obligations, Surveys & Audits & Recognised Organisations

  • Classification Societies – Role of Class

  • Port State Control - Memoranda of Understandings

  • Other Regulations and Codes

    • ISM (SMS, DPA Document of Compliance, Safety Management Certificate), ISPS (MARSEC Levels, SSO, CSO, Ship Security Plan), COSWP (Risk Awareness and Assessments, Permits to Work, PPE)

  • Private vs Commercial Registration

  • The Role of the Yacht Management Company

  • Industry Associations - PYA, RYA, Nautilus

Module 2 | Overview of the Yachting Regulatory Environment


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