ISS October 2016 Newsletter 10/26/2016


Design Awards Finalists
ISS members have voted and we are delighted to present the finalists for the 26th Annual ISS Design Awards.

Votes—a privilege of ISS membership—are cast annually for a remarkable collection of yachts as nominated by the superyacht industry and stakeholders.

We thank all who participate in bringing these astonishing feats of design and engineering to the global marketplace and to those who take the time and deliberation to present their vessels, to vote for them and the judges who now have the awesome responsibility to carefully weigh—in great detail—the merits of each.

The winners will be announced at the 26th Annual Gala for Design & Leadership on 2 November 2016 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

For all attending this prestigious evening, remember the awards ceremony commences before dinner at 7:00 pm. 

Power 24-40m

Babbo, Cantiere delle Marche - Grey Stone, ATM Yachts & Design - Ironman, Benetti - Narvalo, Cantiere delle Marche - Olde Salt, Aegean Yachts

Power 40-65m

Atlante, CRN - Genesi, Wider Yachts - Just J’s, Hakvoort Shipyard - La Familia, Amels - Moon Sand, Feadship

Power 65m+

O’Pari 3, Golden Yachts - Savannah,Feadship - Silver Fast, Silver Yachts - Yalla, CRN

Sail 24-40m

Atalante, Claasen Jachtbouw - Nikata, Baltic Yachts

Sail 40m+

Aquijo, Vitters Shipyard/Oceanco - J8 Topaz, Holland Jachtbouw - Unfurled, Vitters Shipyard

Refit (Refit Yard/Builder)

Double Down, Taylor Lane Yacht and Ship/ Codecasa - Eight, CRN/CRN - Falcon Lair, Composite Works/Feadship

PYC Award

Equanimity, Oceanco

ISS Membership Meeting-Meet the America’s Cup Panel & Moderator

35th America’s Cup: Action, Excitement and Exclusive Access is the featured presentation topic for the Society’s Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday 2 November 2016 from 8:00-10:00 am in the AIM Marine Group Pavilion at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Meet our panel and moderator…

Sam Hollis, America’s Cup Event Authority—Panelist
Sam Hollis is the Commerical Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for the America's Cup Event Authority (ACEA), the commercial rights holder tasked with the organizing of the 35th America’s Cup. Sam joined the America's Cup in 2010 and has been at the centre of the planning, structuring and delivery of AC34 previously, and now AC35. As a senior sports lawyer specialising in the structuring, marketing, sale and delivery of a full range of commercial rights in sport—including venue agreements, sponsorship, broadcasting, licensing, merchandising, hospitality and commercial ticketing—Sam previously worked at the International Cricket Council advising on legal issues arising in respect of the ICC Cricket World Cup and their other international cricket events. Sam has both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in law from Oxford University, and he originally trained and qualified at Freshfields in London, where he was part of the team that advised London 2012 on its successful bid to host the Olympics.

William A. Hanbury, Bermuda Tourism Authority—Panelist: Bill Hanbury is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA).  He is responsible for managing the private-sector entity that is leading the way in revitalizing Bermuda’s tourism industry.  The BTA is:  rebuilding Bermuda’s competitive position in the global travel marketplace, improving the local tourism product, creating new jobs, plus attracting new investments within the Island’s tourism industry. Bill has over 25 years of CEO experience in the travel and tourism sector.  He is a sought- after thought leader on travel and tourism policy issues and has appeared on NBC, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, BBC TV and Radio, ITV and SKY News.  He has provided executive leadership for national and international events, including:  global economic forums, summits, presidential inaugurations, national celebrations, plus international trade and travel missions.

Stefano Tositti, BWA Yachting—Panelist: Stefano Tositti, began his maritime career in 1985 when he joined his family-owned shipping company soon after graduating in Economics and Business. Under his guidance, the company has developed from a well-established local business into a global group of companies. Thanks to his considerable experience in the maritime operations and management, he has been serving as President and CEO of the T&C Group since 2003. In 2002 he was appointed Mexican Honorary Consul and still holds this position. In 2004 he was the co-founder of BWA Yachting, a concierge and marine agency services to the superyacht industry. Stefano has been the CEO of BWA Yachting since 2008 and oversees business development and strategic planning.

Diane Byrne,—Moderator: Diane M. Byrne, one of the best-known and highly respected yachting journalists, established in 2007 as the first, and still the only, website delivering all-original content to American yacht owners, buyers, and their circles of influence. She has been covering megayachts since 1993 and is closely involved with the leading professional organizations in yachting and entrepreneurship:


  • A long-time International Superyacht Society (ISS) member, currently on its Board of Directors and co-chair of its Marketing Committee
  • A founding member of the United States Superyacht Association (USSA)
  • A member of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO).

 Members attend for free; the non-member fee is $35.00.

ISS Yacht Advisors Seminar-Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Sunday-6th November 2016

ISS has teamed up with prominent yacht managers and advisors to launch another exciting initiative for the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. The ISS Yacht Advisors Seminar, which is open to captains, crew and industry representatives, will take place on Sunday 6th November at the Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale from 9:00 – 11:00 am, and will feature presentations on key regulatory issues facing the yacht industry in 2017.

There will be a general regulatory update with a specific update on the MLC and STCW Amendments, followed by an update on the Ballast Water Management Convention. This will be a great opportunity for all to be informed so they are ready for imminent regulatory changes.

The event is led by ISS but is sponsored by key yacht advisors including Alley Maass Rogers & Lindsay, P.A., Cayman Registry, Döhle Yachts, Fairport Yacht Support, Fraser Yachts, Moore & Co, P.A., Yacht Logistics and Wright Maritime Group (WMG).

WMG’s Pete Southgate co-chair of the ISS Technical Committee, who will be speaking on Ballast Water Management, remarks, “This is another excellent example of the types of events that ISS offers to assist captains and crew with regulatory challenges.” He adds, “Although the deadline for many of these regulatory changes is rapidly approaching, there is still much confusion and this is an ideal opportunity to assist in getting over the line.”

Attendees will be also be given an opportunity to learn about the tireless work of the ISS as an advocacy body and to continue these efforts, it is imperative that the ISS expands its membership base. To this end, WMG is sponsoring a one-year ISS membership for all crew who hold basic safety training certificates. For further details, please see ISS representatives who attend the event. 


Association Alliance Member Feature-The International SeaKeepers Society

The International SeaKeepers Society promotes oceanographic research, conservation and education through direct involvement with the yachting community.

Today the primary focus of SeaKeepers’ efforts is the DISCOVERY Yachts Program. DISCOVERY Yachts are privately owned vessels which facilitate programming by providing access to the ocean for research, scientific discovery, community outreach and artistic inspiration.

Programming is comprised of three categories: Scientific Expeditions where yachts donate time, fuel and expertise to scientists in need of an oceanic research platform; Instrument Deployments where yachts deploy ocean monitoring devices; and Educational Outreach where yachts provide an exceptional opportunity for students to witness marine science research first-hand in a “floating classroom” experience.

DISCOVERY Art is the creative component of SeaKeepers’ DISCOVERY Yachts programming. The works created allow the general public to personally experience and value the oceans, regardless of their proximity to the coast. The program includes the SeaKeepers Featured Artist of the Year and Drifter Art which is the decoration of deployment devices by local artists and the SeaKeepers Featured Artist of the Year. Drifter Art is typically displayed at SeaKeepers’ events and yacht shows to raise awareness about various ocean issues.

Since its inception in 2014, the SeaKeepers DISCOVERY Yachts Program has grown significantly. To date, the DISCOVERY Yacht Fleet has completed 28 scientist-led expeditions, ranging from work in the Caribbean to the U.S. West Coast; 39 instruments have been deployed globally from the Mediterranean to French Polynesia; and, 12 educational day trips with school groups and youth organizations in the U.S., Bahamas and Singapore have occurred.

For more information to participate, contact the Director of Programs, Danielle Chase at


Board Member Profile-Erin Ackor-Moore & Co., P.A.

Erin Ackor is a partner at the maritime and aviation law firm, Moore & Co, P.A., located in Miami, Florida, where she has been serving clients for more than 12 years, since Moore & Co. opened its doors in 2004.

Erin is the current ISS Treasurer and has been a board member since 2014.  Erin also serves on the Admiralty Law Committee of the Florida Bar, as well as being a member of the Maritime Law Association and the Florida Yacht Brokers Association.

Erin grew up on the coast of Maine where she developed a passion for sailing and decided to focus her career on the maritime industry.

She spent several years as a professional crew member on board several different sailing yachts, transiting both the Panama and Suez Canals and sailing to numerous international destinations before deciding to attend Maine Maritime Academy.

Following her graduation from Maine Maritime Academy, Erin worked for both bulk and container cargo services, including Lykes Lines Limited headquartered in Tampa, Florida, before going to law school and joining Moore & Co.

Since joining Moore & Co., Erin has represented clients in both transactional and litigation matters, primarily devoting her practice to advising clients about vessel acquisition and sales, new construction, regulatory compliance, vessel finance, refurbishment and repair, chartering, registration and corporate structuring, crew employment issues and local customs and sales/use tax issues.

She notes that one of things she enjoys the most about working at Moore & Co.—and the superyacht industry in general—is being able to work with such diverse and talented people on a daily basis.

“I feel very fortunate to be doing such interesting work every day with such a great team of people.  I could never imagine practicing any other type of law,” Erin is proud to say about her work and colleagues at Moore & Co.  “There is never a dull moment!”

Erin lives in Coral Gables, Florida with her husband Mauricio.  When not working, Erin and Mauricio enjoy traveling and spending time with family, which go hand in hand as Erin’s family is in Maine and Mauricio’s in Mexico City.


Spotlight on Sponsorship-MTN
Client’s Demands Are Driving Innovation in Yacht Communications

In an industry where owners expect nothing short of the best, and most yachts are being equipped with smart devices and appliances for remote management, MTN is ensuring that its technology is far ahead of the trend and delivers much more than satellite bandwidth. Beyond just connectivity, owners and guests expect sleek yacht design, entertainment content at their fingertips, and a flawless online experience.

To get the best performance and value from their contracted bandwidth, our customers leverage MTN’s Maestro and SpeedNet™ solutions, which are perfect for optimizing and managing onboard communications and bandwidth allocation. Maestro makes it easier for ETOs and Captains to manage all onboard networks on one mobile application, while SpeedNet can help users browse the web dramatically faster, optimizing valuable bandwidth for video streaming, social media and other bandwidth hungry apps.

In addition to offering high-speed internet and network management tools, MTN responded to the demands of owners, designers, and builders all over the industry and recently unveiled its new ultra-low-profile and highly efficient flat-panel satellite solution for superyachts. Utilizing MTN's robust global Ku-band network, the MTN flat-panel antenna brings to market a product that uniquely enables embedded phased array antenna technology providing highly efficient, proven broadband connectivity in an elegant solution.

The company also rolled out its latest Live TV service for yachts providing several international live channels - without the need for a TVRO antenna -  all riding on a platform that minimizes bandwidth consumption and optimizes performance.

By working to customize a flat-panel solution to match the owner’s vision and aesthetics, and staying on top of the emerging industry trends and product developments, MTN enables everyone in the industry to leverage advanced communications solutions needed to meet the expectations of owners and their guests.

Let us design a tailored communications and entertainment solution for your yacht.
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MTN is the perennial sponsor of ISS’s Excellence in Innovation award.

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