RINA Environmental Footprint, Fire Survivability: New Class Notations

The classification society RINA has helped spotlight the importance of environmental sensitivity with its voluntary Green Plus status. It’s now expanding its sustainability focus with two additional class notations. Specifically, they are Environmental Footprint and Fire Survivability. RINA Environmental Footprint encompasses a yacht’s lifespan, so to speak. It involves practices undertaken in her construction and […]

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WRRDA, a.k.a. Highway Bill for Boaters, Signed Into Law

PHOTO: Capt. Jacob Van Reenen

Good news for Yachts and megayachts cruising the Intracoastal Waterway, the Great Lakes, and more. President Barack Obama has signed the 2013 Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) into law. This legislation has been nicknamed the “Highway Bill for Boaters.” Why? Because the WRRDA provides much-needed funds and maintenance for dredging, inland locks, and […]

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RINA Green Plus Partners With Wood Forever Pact


Further emphasizing its environmentally conscious focus, RINA has incorporated membership in the Wood Forever Pact in the criteria for RINA Green Plus certification. The Wood Forever Pact is an initiative established in 2010 by Prince Albert II of Monaco, as part of his seven-year-old foundation focused on protecting the environment and encouraging sustainable development. Wood […]

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Happy 223rd Birthday, U.S. Coast Guard; From Mr. President


The U.S. Coast Guard is celebrating its 223rd birthday today. Here’s a special message of congratulations and thanks sent by President Barack Obama:

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Jamaica Yacht Registry Gaining Momentum

PHOTO: Nicolas Oren/Flickr

Following the approval last December of an annual fee to replace multiple charges for Jamaican-registered yachts and megayachts, and the formal introduction of a megayacht division in April, there’s increased interest among yachts to fly its flag. The Jamaica Ship Registry, which conducts the registration of all craft in the country, previously required that yachts […]

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