In yachting, regulations come from a variety of sources. One of them is the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. Due to a focus on pollution prevention, the IMO has a set of emissions standards, commonly referred to as the Tier III regulations, applicable to small- to medium-size megayachts starting January 1, 2021. Understandably, the Tier III regulations are welcome, since they’ll dramatically reduce nitrous-oxide emissions. However, while there’s been widespread discussion in the industry, unfortunately few megayacht owners and their advisors understand what Tier III means. So, this podcast with Chris Swanhart (above), director of recreational boats for DLBA, is a much-needed educational opportunity.
The DLBA naval architects have been working closely with motoryacht and sportfishing-yacht builders, as well as marine-engine manufacturers, to analyze what the Tier III regulations require. There’s good news and bad news, as you’ll hear in our Megayacht News Radio discussion. Swanhart explains in language that anyone can understand:
- what the Tier III regulations require
- which sizes of yachts need to comply—and why not just new-builds are impacted
- what the options are for ensuring nitrous-oxide emissions from your yacht meet the requirements
- what the challenges are in terms of space utilization for the treatment equipment, as well as the costs.
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