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The Red Ensign Group has launched its new yacht code. The new REG Yacht Code was introduced by MCA CEO, Sir Alan Massey at the Global Superyacht Forum in Amsterdam on 13 November 2017.
Working with industry, and building on their own experience of regulating the large yacht sector, the Red Ensign Group's code takes on a new format and is made up of two parts with common annexes, including for over-side working systems, sailing vessels and helicopter landing areas. The new REG Yacht Code combines the existing Large Yacht Code 3 and Passenger Yacht Code into one document.
Jo Assael, senior surveyor and yacht code specialist for the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, helped shape the new code.
He said: 'We wanted to make the code more usable and wrote in greater flexibility so that naval architects, designers and owners can get what they want out of a superyacht. It was important to make sure that we are regulating for today and not for how yachts were being built when this code first came out in 1997.
'Although the codes remain mostly the same, we want to make sure that within this prescriptive framework, we have equivalent arrangement clauses. These support innovation and point to alternative SOLAS design routes as an alternative which would be just as safe as the prescriptive one.
The new code comes into force on 1 January 2019.
REG Yacht Code - Part A
REG Yacht Code - Part B
REG Yacht Code - Annexes
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