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Welcome to the December issue

Christmas is upon us and another year has passed by. It has been an odd year with a lot of ups and downs – the phones ringing off the hook and then going quiet according to what you have been telling us. Let’s hope 2015 will get us back onto an even keel. The New Year opens with a new sponsor for the London Boat Show – we wish all the exhibitors a successful show. The office will be closed between Christmas and New Year and we will back in on Monday 5 January. The emails will be monitored externally in case of any emergencies.  We wish you a peaceful and joyous time with family and friends.
Jane Gentry

Chief Executive Officer of YBDSA, ABYA and YDSA

Click here to send me an email

Jonathan Milton
Before we break for the Yultide festivities, the YDSA Chairman gives a brief round-up of the AGM and hearty thanks to Jane and the team at the Glassworks.
Marcus Munt
Also gives thanks to everyone who helps to keep the Associations running smoothly and raises a glass to the New Year and a new-look London Boat Show.
A Broker's observation on the Training Day

Andy Cunningham gives us an illustrated account of the YDSA training day and a misty-eyed tour of the amazing Peter Freebody & Co yard and the Henley River & Rowing Museum on the Thames.

Click on the photo for the full story
Annual General Meetings - Click on the photo for an illustrated round-up of the AGMs
Training Event - Click on the photo below for an illustrated report from the recent Training Day.
VAT, Croatia & the EU
Click here to find out what HMRC has ruled in relation to the VAT status of vessels based in Croatia during its accession to the EU.
Bridge hits ship
Click on the photo to find out about the curious case of the bridge that hit a ship (story courtesy of

The Merchant Shipping Regulations 2014
The Merchant Shipping (Boatmasters' Qualifications and Hours of Work) Regulations 2014 did not come into force on 1 October 2014 as originally planned. The revised implementation date is 31 December 2014.
As a result the new Tier 2 Level 2 license will not be available for issue until after 31 December 2014. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Marine Offices have been made aware and will continue to issue Boatmasters' License (BML) vessel exemptions where appropriate.   
Due to the complexity of the Statutory Instrument the draft Merchant Shipping Notice has not completed the required legal checks prior to ministerial submission.  
A Marine information note (MIN) has been drafted and will be published as soon as possible to make Industry aware of the revised implementation date.

YDSA ‘Structures’ Training Day
Click on the photo below for a brief report
Cruising Association Seminar

At the request of the Cruising Association, which hosts regular talks and workshops at its headquarters at Limehouse Basin, London, Martin Evans, YDSA Full Member, gave a one-day seminar to a large group of CA Members on 29 November.
This was intended to demonstrate and highlight defects which owners might be able to spot themselves on their own boats or on prospective purchases, as well as to give guidance on preventative maintenance and to illustrate when professional attention becomes essential.
A day in the life of ... John Clabburn
Click on the photo below to take a look behind the scenes at European Marine Services Ltd with John Clabburn.
No Limit Ships
Friendship II is a No Limit Ships 15.50 operated by Braveheart Shipping of the Netherlands. Fitted out with sophisticated hydrographic survey equipment, this craft is being shipped to Egypt to participate in the Suez Canal widening project, contracted to the dredging company DEME.
Friendship II is surveyed and Coded by Charlie Rossiter of Balfour Rossiter Ltd with the YDSA Certifying Authority for Category 2. The craft is well travelled, having just returned from the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia. The crew are delighted to be heading for somewhere warm in the N European winter!
New Beginnings
Tim Sturton-Davies is pleased to advise Members that following the closure of Opal Marine in September he has set up his own brokerage at First Port Marine Ltd, Itchenor Shipyard, Itchenor, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 7AE.
Having been brokerage manager at Opal for six years, Tim decided this was the right moment. He is now Director of First Port Marine, Itchenor.
Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2014
We take a look at the array of charter vessels available at the 2014 Antigua Charter Yacht Show. Click on the logo for more.
Inward Processing (IP) & yacht repair/refit
Simon Beck of Peters & May gives us a brief introduction to the joys of Inward Processing

In recognition of Captain Ed Geary’s work and expertise in the maritime field, he was recently made a Fellow in The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 
A delighted Captain Ed said: “I'm obviously very pleased as this is the first time in the 148 year history of the RICS that a Chartered Surveyor in Admiralty and Maritime has been awarded and achieved the status as a Fellow.”

VAT Guidance Leaflet
There’s a new VAT Guidance Leaflet available on the ABYA website, click here for a brief synopsis.
IT Update
Craig White gives us a quick update on the ongoing overhaul of the Associations' IT systems. Click the photo for more.
Tucker’s Tips
In a regular new feature, Tony Tucker looks into common pitfalls during the sale of a boat and how surveyors can help to manage the expectations of both buyers and sellers.
Part 1 Commercial – Is it necessary?
Click here to remind yourself about the rules for the registration and coding of commercial vessels.
ABYA mugs
We have some very nice ABYA mugs if you would like a few for your office to help “fly the flag”.

Click on the photo to let Nicola know how many you want and she will send them to you.
ISO 10088 and 21487
by Mark Lockie, Dorset Marine Surveys (international) Ltd
ISO 10088 was originally called “Small craft – Permanently installed fuel systems and fixed fuel tanks.” The latest edition (2013) is called “Small craft. Permanently installed fuel systems.”
Fuel tanks now have their own ISO which is called BS EN ISO 21487:2012 – “Small craft – Permanently installed petrol and diesel fuel tanks”
The main point is the separation of the fuel system from the tanks, there are other changes but for these you need to read the two ISO’s
Practical Surveying Course
Martin Evans, YDSA Full Member, gives us a brief summary of the latest Practical Surveying Course at Ipswich, click on the photo for the full story.
Certifying Authority News - MGN 490 Amendment
The MGN 490 Amendment was up-dated on 3 October 2014. The latest version is available here.
14-person rafts not acceptable - warns MCA
The MCA has become aware of another company offering 14 person ISO 9650 rafts for hire or purchase.
Please note that these rafts are not acceptable under the small commercial vessel codes of practice. ISO 9650 provides a standard for rafts carrying up to 12 persons, so a 14 person raft cannot be compliant with the ISO standard.
The MCA's policy is that ISO 9650 rafts for 14 persons are not considered acceptable.

Certifying Authority/Maritime and Coastguard Agency (CA/MCA) audit news
YDSA CA recently had its annual MCA audit and MCA passed on the following information for CA surveyors:

Overseas authorities expect to see the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) endorsement and will detain vessels not showing they comply; 

Surveyors should have a copy of the SCV2 when they carry out the annuals/mid-terms so that they can advise if any of the safety equipment has been changed;

That there should be an Hydrostatic Release Unit (HRU) for each life raft – one between two stacked is not adequate (not just coded vessels).
Business is GREAT Britain…. Berthon joins the GREAT campaign, click on the photo for the full story and a glimpse of the Chale Bay wooden boat restoration.
Bond Solon Expert Witness Survey
The results are in, click here to find out what the industry said at the Expert Witness Conference in November.
Insurance brokers welcomes apprentice Tom
Marine insurance specialists, Coleman Insurance Brokers, has launched a new apprentice scheme and has welcomed its very first apprentice to join its close knit team of staff. Click on the photo for the full story.
Waterways News
Impact on canal at Fradley Junction greatly reduced as government adopts joint IWA/CRT proposal to change HS2 route, click here for a brief summary
Michael Schmidt brokerage at Kip Boat Sales pulled together with Kip Marina to present Scotland’s Boat Show. Click on the photo, if ye dare, Arrr!
Sealegs at London Boat Show
Sealegs debut new amphibious RIBs at 2015 London Boat Show. Click on the photo for more or Hop along to ExCeL and visit them on Stand Number B436.
Hong Kong around the Island Race
A valuable lesson was learnt by David Walder, Senior Yacht Broker, Simpson Marine, Hong Kong. Click on the photo for more info.
Could you lighten the load?

Survey One Limited, Marine Surveyors based in Renfrew, Scotland, is as busy as ever and its principal surveyor is looking to take time off in June and July next year.

The company is looking for preferably a graduate in Naval Architecture or similar discipline to come into the business on a full time basis to help with our every increasing work load.
HMRC Fall-back Provisions

We take a look at the current HMRC Fall-back Provision rules on VAT throughout the EU. Report courtesy of British Marine Federation. Click here for the latest information
Boaters alerted to Calor cylinder recall (Courtesy of Towpath Talk)
The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) is supporting Calor Gas Ltd to alert any boaters to the immediate product recall on all 6kg Calor Lite® cylinders manufactured between 2008-2011 inclusively, following concerns regarding the potential deterioration of the cylinder.
Free mentoring and coaching
Marine sector firms in the South have begun accessing a free mentoring and coaching package from the not-for-profit business support provider, WSX Enterprise. Interested? Click on the logo for the full story.
Apprentices inspired by the 2014 Shipwrights Lectures
Over 200 apprentices, shipwrights and students, together with their employers, lecturers and guests attended the 4th Annual Shipwrights Lectures held in Southampton on 15 October 2014. It was one of the most thought-provoking events to date. Click on the logo for more information.

Got a story? Want to tell the ABYA and YDSA members all about it? Click here to email us your news and photos and we'll try to include it in the next issue of Association News.

Jody Hunt, Mallorca – Affiliate
Jonathan Massey, Dorset – upgrade to Accredited
Geoff Skinner, London – upgrade to Accredited

3 February        Surveyor’s upgrading exam
25 February      Inland Waterways Group, The Golden Lion, Easenhall, Rugby, CV23 0JA
2/3 March         Practical Yacht Brokerage course and Introduction to Surveying with the YDSA
5 March            Northern Forum
10 March          YDSA Conference, Watermens’ Hall, London EC3
16-18 June       Seawork Exhibition
17 June            Small Craft Surveyors forum Seminar (pm)
24 June            Electrics Training Day led by Keith Meadowcroft.  TGW
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