The past 20 years have seen a steady growth in the numbers and size of pleasure yachts and other leisure craft, coupled with an explosion in the numbers of professionally crewed super yachts and mega yachts, many of which are operated on a commercial basis for charter by the wealthy. Many of these vessels rely upon cutting edge technology, innovative design, and state-of-the-art communications systems. Built by a growing number of specialist yacht builders, and managed, crewed, and operated by super yacht professionals, the super yacht industry has in recent years evolved as a distinct and separate industry alongside mainstream shipping, but with subtle differences of approach and traps for the non-specialist. Against this background, this book offers a comprehensive analysis of the many aspects of yachting law. Written by a team of leading yachting practitioners and researchers, the book covers the legal issues that arise during the life of a yacht, from conception to the scrap yard.
1. Yachtbuilding contracts, Filippo Lorenzon 2. Registration, Richard Coles 3. VAT and other tax matters, James Gopsill 4. Yacht finance, Graeme Bowtle & Richard Coles 5. Insurance legislation and contracts, Nigel Cooper QC 6. Manning of yachts: the employment of captain and crew, Pawel Wysocki 7. Yacht brokers, Nigel Cooper QC 8. Yacht chartering under the MYBA form, Filippo Lorenzon 9. Mooring, Richard Shaw & Filippo Lorenzon 10. Sale and purchase under the MYBA form, Filippo Lorenzon & Richard Coles 11. LY2: safety and compliance for superyachts, Filippo Lorenzon 12. Accidents at sea, Prof. Mikis Tsimplis 13. Scrapping and recycling, Prof. Mikis Tsimplis.
Richard Coles, Partner, Gateley Richard has specialised in the financing, construction, sale & purchase and registration of ships of all kinds for 38 years, focusing on superyachts for more than 15 years. He is the author of Ship Registration: Law and Practice (2002) and its Second Edition (2009). He also advises in connection with ownership structures, yacht management, yacht broking, charters and other legal issues arising from the ownership or use of pleasure yachts and commercial vessels. He represents yacht owners, lenders and yacht brokers as well as international trade associations involved in the superyacht industry. He is also a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators' Association and a past member of the Baltic Exchange and for many years served on a number of shipping industry committees. He is a regular speaker in his chosen field at seminars and conferences. Filippo Lorenzon, Director, Institute of Maritime Law. Senior Lecturer in Maritime and Commercial Law. Filippo has been a Visiting Lecturer at several overseas universities and international training centres. He has a LL.D. (Trieste, 1999) and a LL.M. (Soton, 2000) and is fully qualified as an Avvocato in Italy and as a (n.p.) Solicitor in England and Wales. Filippo is a Member of the ICC (UK) Committee on Transport and Logistics, the Italian Maritime Law Association (AIDiM), the British Maritime Law Association (BMLA), the European Maritime Law Organisation (EMLO) and the International Bar Association (IBA). He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. Filippo has been working with leading maritime and commercial law firms, in London, Genoa and Venice, and regularly advises in his areas of expertise. In the last year, Filippo has spoken at the second OST Colloquium at the Tulane Maritime Law Centre in New Orleans on The Rotteradm Rules:unimodal thinking for multimodal transport ; at the University of Goteberg on Maritime law and the jack in the box:what is the EU upto? . he has alsoe delivered seminars at the Nordisk Institutt for Sjorett, the Port Authority of Callao and the Ministry of Finance of Peru on recent developments on English and European maritime law.