YachtAid Global orchestrates the delivery of disaster relief, development and conservation aid to coastal communities worldwide. The organization was founded in 2006 and is a registered nonprofit which utilizes a network of volunteers who coordinate logistics, yacht owners and donors who match with yacht owners and yacht crew to transport these lifesaving basic supplies in serious times of need. Since its launch, the YachtAid Global team has expanded its mission in order to be able to best utilize charitable resources to deliver maximum impact. The charity sits in a unique position where it's able to mobilise superyachts and aid vessels, and connect them with aid providers, volunteers and other NGOs for natural disaster relief and humanitarian work quickly and efficiently.
With recovery still underway from last year’s Atlantic hurricane season in the Caribbean, YachtAid Global is encouraging yachts to be ready to respond as this year’s seasons across the Atlantic, Eastern North Pacific and Western North Pacific begin. Superyacht aid organization, YachtAid Global has compiled a number of tips for yachts seeking to be ready to assist should this year’s hurricane seasons prove as virulent as 2017’s. This year’s seasons officially began 1 June, and May 15 for the Eastern Pacific, and YachtAid Global is urging yachts planning to cruise affected regions to take small steps to be ready to respond in the aftermath of large hurricanes. Post-storm damage can include anything from lifted roofs, lack of potable water and food, to lack of crops, ongoing power sources and other facilities needed for islands to be self-sufficient.
YachtAid Global is in sync with national and international governing bodies and able to relay accurate ground-truth information to yachts which wish to respond to a region. Once the yacht’s crew and management team have this data, they can be confident they’re carrying the aid and supplies which are most-essential to recovery. Means for yachts to assist in emergency response YachtAid Global works with Global Support and Development, an elite team of professionals, who go into disaster zones to protect first responders, carry out search and rescue operations, provide full medical teams and other crucial emergency responses.
The organization has coordinated the GSD team to provide a three day first responder training course designed specifically for yacht crew. The course is free and covers logistics, yacht preparation, heli ops, seaplane ops, medical training, water safety and more to give crew the skills to provide meaningful assistance in an emergency response. Key outcomes of the course include educating crew on how to stay safe in a disaster zone and training them to be ready for GSD to run operations from the vessel. Much of the supplies yachts can be called on to deliver are food and water, however there are many other ways a yacht can help. Acting as an intel or communications base can be crucial, as well as a vessel for medevacs. One of the most important roles yachts play though, is that of bringing hope. In remote parts of a badly-struck region yachts can be the first vessels to arrive, reassuring locals affected that they are on the relief map.
In regional yachting hubs YachtAid Global’s partners - for example Estela Shipping in Palma and Eco-Mer in Antibes - coordinate large and small donations as well as the loading and clearance of aid. Regional representatives then feed into YachtAid Global which is able to coordinate with the government or contact on the ground; acting as a single point of contact for the superyacht industry to ensure well-intentioned aid enquiries don’t swamp resources in affected areas.
With widespread use of social media, images and information after a natural emergency are extensively shared, though they’re not always an accurate representation of events on the ground. To mitigate this, YachtAid Global’s team works with Humanity Road - a respected, reliable source of ground truth information - to provide a source of accurate, ongoing information for media. The organization is also adept at helping local media disseminate information from their perspective in the emergency zone.
UK superyacht yards Princess Yachts and Sunseeker International have donated Personal Protective Equipment to workers fighting coronavirus.Princess Yachts has donated its stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline workers fighting coronavirus.By words of Princess Yachts chief executive, Antony Sheriff “We hope this donation of our PPE goes some way to helping NHS staff and other such services in these incredibly difficult times.”Also, Sunseeker has donated around 400 face masks and 4000 gloves to local Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.By words of Sunseeker chief operating officer, Michael Straughan this help was “to support our hardworking NHS workers as they continue their exceptional frontline work against coronavirus.”
March 31, 2020
DLBA Naval Architects created a new artificial intelligence concept, that makes it possible for some systems to be operated without any human interference.A new artificial intelligence concept which DLBA Naval Architects has been working on for some months not only means smarter operation onboard yachts, it means some systems can be operated with the human element removed when need be.DLBA has selected a 58m superyacht concept to develop internally as an autonomous yacht. The result, TEMPO, will be a study in all vessel systems where artificial intelligence can be used to enhance an owner’s experience onboard.There are three main areas where autonomous technology can be used in the maritime world - navigational autonomy, equipment health monitoring, and mechanical and electrical systems automation. All reduce the need for human input while increasing efficiency.Navigation autonomy relieves the workload on the vessel operator, and unmanned vessels have been operating in the commercial and military space for years. Hull, mechanical and electrical automation is like having an onboard engineering team at your fingertips. By ensuring elements at the sub-system level are AI-ready, the vessel can be kept operating at peak performance, efficiently. The number and complexity of auxiliary systems and equipment onboard yachts is increasing year-on-year, and with that comes the increasing demand on crews’ time to interpret feedback from the systems - equipment health monitoring lessens this demand on crew time.
March 31, 2020
The New Otam 70 HT has sporty but elegant and time fearless exterior lines, inspired by hypercars and aeronautic design. The yacht was designed by the Italian BG Design Firm studio with respecting and enhancing the Otam Brand style and Identity and new hull lines by Umberto Tagliavini Marine Design.Otam 70 HT has a deep V hull with a 21° deadrise angle together with the remarkable engine room volume. The yacht has incomparable fuel efficiency and unmatchable performances even with high seas. “Built-In” interiors is characterized by assembled but entirely built wood onboard space, reaching unconventional quality and solidity, a unique approach that ensure time fearless results and limitless aesthetic or layout choice.The yacht will include a sunbed on top of the transom tender garage and a sunbed at the bow. The first hull will also feature a three-cabin layout, including a full 5.4-metre beam owner’s suite forward with a separate crew cabin at the bow. With an overall length of 22 meters and a beam of 5.40 meters, the yacht offers a transom tender garage, the stabilization system and large volume engine room. Power will come from a pair of 2000hp MAN or MTU engines for a top speed of 50 knots.The yacht will make its international debut at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival.
March 31, 2020
Rome architects Borzelli & Berta have introduced details of new collection additions to the Thunderbird line of yachts, developed for South Korean shipyard GHI Yachts.New concepts will include a 40-metre, a 45-metre and a 50-metre yacht models with a sporty, sleek contemporary style and military lines by Francesco Rogantin.Key features of the yacht line include the optimised external areas and the inclusion of swimming pools and a touch-and-go helicopter platform.“Our goal was to give to clients the feeling of dealing with a bigger boat, something that almost feels in another league, and this is probably something that reached its peak with the 130’ carrier” - says Andrea Borzelli.
March 30, 2020
Supernova by Cosmo has an Ice-Class hull and an impressive range of more than 5000nm with a helipad for easy fly-in-fly-out for guests. She is powered by twin MTU 16V 2000M70 engines and carries stabilisers for comfort in all conditions.Cosmo Explorer features exterior lines by Italian designer Cristiano Gatto. Yacht has plenty of space to enjoy when spending extended time onboard. The yacht has six guest suites for up to 14 guests, including the large master cabin and saloon accessed by a private staircase, and large interior spaces include an expansive main saloon.A variety of exterior spaces across all decks are large and designed for outdoor living, including several options for al fresco dining, sunbathing and relaxing, a large observation deck with gym and Jacuzzi and an on-water beach club and extendable swimming platform.The yacht will be ready for delivery in 2021.
March 30, 2020