BMT Nigel Gee collaborates with Cayman Island Shipping Registry to share knowledge and insight with industry

BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of BMT Group, is set to launch its latest technical paper in collaboration with the Cayman Island Shipping Registry (CISR). Developed to provide insight for a wide range of industry stakeholders, the paper examines aspects of the 2010 Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) which aims to provide a Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) equivalent code for yachts wishing to carry up to 36 passengers.

Prior to the development and publishing of this code, yachts wishing to carry more than 12 passengers were subject to full SOLAS and Loadline compliance with associated cost and design complexity. This paper investigates some of the differences in philosophy between the two compliance options and the impact they may have on large yacht design, providing much greater clarity for the industry.

Where in the past international conventions have been considered unreasonable or disproportionately onerous for yachts, the PYC applies substantial equivalence to provide additional flexibility to the Naval Architect and Designers. This paper looks at specific areas of how to assess the alternative design considerations that must be made, or the benefits that can be achieved when applying the substantial equivalence of the PYC.

Peter Southgate, Advisor, Maritime Policy and Legislation Development of CISR comments: “The Code has been well received by industry and a number of projects being built in accordance with the Code are now in progress. It is recognised that this is an evolving standard and regular updates are envisaged for the first five years of operation.”

James Roy, Yacht Design Director at BMT Nigel Gee concludes: “It is clear that the PYC offers substantial equivalence to SOLAS, providing added flexibility to designers and naval architects.

It is worth remembering that where the full SOLAS route is taken, any deviation from the regulations requires approval of any equivalence to be granted by the Flag State Administration on a case by case basis, adding more inertia to the design process in way of ‘red tape’. PYC can offer a much more convenient route to compliance.”

The paper will be presented on the 13 November 2012 at the 22nd International HISWA Symposium on Yacht Design and Construction in Amsterdam and will be published on the BMT Nigel Gee website shortly thereafter.

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