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Boating Safety Tips

Operating a vessel on open waters will expose you to many unpredictable risks and weather conditions that may cause harm to you and your passengers, and you boat. Taking the necessary safety precautions when using your boat is therefore extremely important…

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Popular Yachting Terminology

As a yacht owner or sailing enthusiast, is it important that you know some of the most commonly used yachting terminology. Understanding certain terms and phrases will help you to become more familiar with the industry, and will enable you to join sailing clubs where such terms are often used…

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Role of the receiver of wreck

The receiver of wreck is usually a government official whose role is to conduct investigations on boat wrecks for the purpose of finding the legal owner of the vessel and its property. Through conducting thorough investigations, the receiver of wreck will not only ascertain the rightful owner of the property, but can also…

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Reasons to get a Boat Survey

Buying a vessel is a huge financial commitment for many, and it is therefore important that all the necessary checks are made before a sale of contract is signed between the prospective yacht buyer and the vessel seller. A boat survey will identify any existing or potential problems…

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What is ship breaking

The term ‘ship breaking’ refers to the activity of breaking up vessels for the purpose of recycling. Ship breaking is also known as ‘ship demolition’ and is an activity carried out in most countries worldwide. Ship owners must be aware of ship breaking, particularly if they wish to dispose of their vessel…

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Types of ship salvage

Ship salvage is defined as a process by which a vessel and its cargo are rescued from danger or perils at sea. Admiralty Law provides for many different types of ship salvage although typically there are six main types, justifiable and recognized in a court of law. Ship salvage law is vast in scope and as such it is advisable to obtain professional guidance with regards to…

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What is ship pollution

Marine pollution is broad in scope, but can be defined as harmful particles, chemicals and other forms of waste that are spread in the sea and which will cause danger or detriment. Ship pollution is a major cause for concern for vessel operations, marine agencies and environmental organizations due to the level of damage and suffering that ship pollution can cause to…

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What does bareboat charter refer to

A bareboat charter is a boat or ship that is hired or ‘chartered’ by a third party without the inclusion of a crew or other provisions within the agreement. Bareboat charters are usually hired by a family or group of individuals for leisure purposes, who are responsible for organizing and taking care of the additional arrangements, such as the crew…

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What is a barge

A barge is a type of vessel that is typically used on canals and rivers for the purpose of carrying goods. Barges are long and narrow in size with a flat-bottomed surface, and are controlled by either a propeller or a tugboat or towboat towing it. Barges travel at a relatively low speed and are therefore not regarded as the favored method of transportation for heavy goods…

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The ship lifecycle

The lifecycle of a ship will typically experience four main stages of ‘life’; namely: design, construction, repair and conversion, and end of service. When purchasing a ship it may be important to know the ships ‘life’ up until the current date of purchase, to ascertain the strength and reliability of the ship. If the ship was designed by a credible naval architect…

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