West Nautical were approached by a Captain of a 100m plus Passenger Yacht Code compliant vessel in build at a prominent yard. Nearing completion, it had become apparent that it would be difficult to operate the yacht with the crew levels planned based on the cabin allowances made.
Working on a consultancy basis, West Nautical sat down with the Captain and reviewed the current set up. We devised an alternative to the Passenger Yacht Code requirements that could be submitted to Flag.
This was a substantial project, requiring the number of crew needing to evacuate 36 passengers, the number needed for service with 36 passengers, a full risk assessment and even consideration of the practicalities of crew sharing cabins when on different watches to all be assessed.
After spending a full day in the office, the Captain had a fixed plans for his visit to Flag., including draft minimum safe manning documents and an operational muster list as supporting evidence to his request.
Having a clear and concise proposal that has been fully risk assessed is paramount when approaching Flag for permission for any exemption, and they proved to be of paramount importance in this case. Flag need to be confidant that all areas have been considered and that the yacht is going to be safe to operate. West Nautical have a great deal of experience with liaising with various Flag States and Classification Societies on issues such as this and so, our guidance and advice can save a lot of time and expense, as it did with this case where the plans were approved and exemptions granted.