ISS News

ISS 2017 Student Membership Initiative 1/9/2017

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is pleased to announce Wright Maritime Group’s support in providing students currently attending educational curriculums that are relevant to a career in the yacht industry with a one-year free membership in ISS.

9 January 2017-ISS 2017 Student Membership Initiative.pdf

ISS December 2016 Newsletter 12/15/2016
Please nominate for the ISS Board of Directors!!! Send amyhalsted@gmail.com your interest or the suggestion
of a colleague. Nominations close December 23rd.
 
 
 
All Best Tidings for a Cosy Festive Holiday Season & Happy New Year
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
ISS's Ship Advisor's Breakfast Seminar
 
 
Attendees at ISS's inaugural Ship Advisor's Breakfast were presented with an update on regulatory matters in general, an update on the MLC and STCW (Manila) Amendments and an update on the Ballast Water Management Convention.
 
 
 
 
 
Jane Buffington, Yachting Industry Icon: 1926-2016

With permission, we are re-printing the wonderful tribute to Jane Buffington, one of ISS's founding members, from MegayachtNews.com. Godspeed Jane!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Association Alliance Member Feature-International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA)
 
Formerly known as the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, IYBA was created in 1987 to unite those engaged in the yacht brokerage business to promote professionalism and cooperation among its members and to promote and maintain a high standard of conduct in the transacting of the yacht brokerage business.

Read more... Association Alliance Member Feature—International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA).pdf
 
 
 
 
 
Board Member Profile-Sylke auf dem Graben-Lürssen
 
Sylke auf dem Graben is PR & Marketing Manager at Lürssen. She is responsible for all marketing and advertising activities for 14 years, while her career in yachting began in 1991. "What I like most about my job is that you do a bit of traveling but the best thing is the good relationships I have with so many other people in this industry. When we see each other at boat shows, it feels like a family gathering. I appreciate that fact very much."

Read more... Board Member Profile-Sylke auf dem Graben- Lürssen.pdf
 
 
 
 
 
Spotlight on Supporting Member-Benetti
 
Benetti: the Future is Now! BNow created by the shipyard in collaboration with architect Stefano Natucci and British Design Studio Redman Whiteley Dixon, adds new energy to the Benetti identity without changing it, rather creating a new benchmark for the future.
 
Read more... Spotlight on Supporting Member-Benetti.pdf
 
 
 
ISS November 2016 Newsletter 11/21/2016

 

2016 ISS Design & Leadership Award Winners
 

Celebration complete! Champagne popped! Bravo to the Design & Leadership Winners of ISS’s 26th Annual Awards. Masters of the aesthetic and trailblazers of an extraordinary global industry.
  
 
 
 
Call for Nominations to the 2017 ISS Board of Directors
 
Join the remarkable roster of the global superyacht industry’s leadership who serve on the ISS Board of Directors. If you would like to add yourself or another to the slate, nominations remain open until December 23rd.  In such a case, please email your nomination including name, company and email to Amy Halsted, amyhalsted@gmail.com.
 
 
 
 
Ocean Sustainability Suggestions from the 2016 ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award Winner
 
Captain David Tomlinson offers powerfully simple suggestions to all of us to steward oceans while reminiscing on his time at sea and what it means to be awarded the ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award.
 
 
 
 
Association Alliance Member Feature-The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF)
 
Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), created in 1961, is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to protecting and growing the region’s $11.5 billion marine industry, which generates 136,000 associated jobs. MIASF has over 500 members in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties and is the owner of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).
 
 
 
Executive Committee Member Profile-Robert van Tol-SYBAss
 
Appointed Secretary of the ISS Executive Committee in June 2016, Robert has been specialising in association management since he started at the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) in 2007. “I am very motivated to continue serving on the ISS Executive Committee to enhance the cooperation between ISS and SYBAss, grow the ISS’s worldwide membership base and contribute my knowledge of association management to the ISS organisation.”
 
 
 
Spotlight on Sponsorship-Westrec Marinas
 
Westrec Marinas is one of the largest national marina operators in the United States and currently operates a portfolio of over 25 marina facilities. Comprising some 15,000 wet and dry storage spaces, Westrec properties accommodate vessels ranging in size from personal watercraft to megayachts, served by over 500 employees. Westrec is a vital partner to ISS and by extension its relationship with crew, having sponsored the Distinguished Crew Award since its inception more than a decade ago.
 
 
 
 
ISS 2016 Crew Membership Initiative Sponsored by Wright Maritime Group 11/8/2016

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is pleased to announce Wright Maritime Group’s (WMG) support in providing yacht crew with STCW BST a one- year free membership in ISS when crew sign up before the end of 2016.

8 November 2016-ISS 2016 Crew Membership Initiative.pdf

ISS Announces 2016 Design & Leadership Award Winners 11/2/2016

ISS (International Superyacht Society) is pleased to announce winners of the 2016 Design & Leadership Awards. Representing superlative achievement, the awards were presented tonight at the 26th Anniversary of ISS’s Awards Gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

2 November 2016-ISS Announces 2016 Design and Leadership Award Winners.pdf

ISS October 2016 Newsletter 10/26/2016
Design Awards Finalists
 
ISS members have voted and we are delighted to present the finalists of the 26th Annual ISS Design Awards. 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 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.
 
 
 
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. Read about our panel-Sam Hollis, America’s Cup Event Authority; Bill Hanbury, Bermuda Tourism Authority; and, Stefano Tositti, BWA Yachting-and moderator, Diane M. Byrne.

Read more...ISS Membership Meeting—Meet the America’s Cup Panel and Moderator.pdf
 
 
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.
 
Read more... ISS Yacht Advisors Seminar—Fort Lauderdale Boat Show—Sunday 6th November 2016.pdf
 
 
Association Alliance Member Feature-The International SeaKeepers Society
 
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.

Read more...Association Alliance Member Feature-International SeaKeepers Society.pdf
 
 
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.

Read more...Board Member Profile-Erin Ackor.pdf
 
 
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.
 
 
ISS September 2016 Newsletter 9/20/2016
35th America’s Cup: Action, Excitement and Exclusive Access
 
ISS is pleased to announce 35th America’s Cup: Action, Excitement and Exclusive Access, as its featured presentation topic for the Society’s Annual Membership Meeting & Breakfast 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. Moderator: Diane M. Byrne-MegayachtNews.com. Panelists: Sam Hollis-America’s Cup Event Authority, Bill Hanbury-Bermuda Tourism Authority, Stefano Tositti-BWA Yachting
  
 
 

 

YachtInfo@FLIBS 2016


Expanding on last year’s very successful early morning YachtInfo format at FLIBS, ISS’s Education Committee has again lined up a four-day series of one-hour panels on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. All YachtInfo seminars are being held in the CruiserPort seminar tent on B Dock, Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Topics include leadership, destinations, an update on Cuba and interior maintenance.

Read More...YachtInfo@FLIBS 2016.pdf
 
 
 

Elevating the ISS Gala through Global Support


Attracting new owners and enthusiasts to superyachting is an industry-wide initiative with far-reaching and growing support. ISS is deeply involved in the success of this mandate. Our annual gala honouring yacht design and leadership-celebrating its 26th Anniversary on 2 November 2016-is already a cornerstone event in outreach efforts to showcase our most amazing works of art, the superyachts. 
ISS has developed a close cooperation with the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) while opportunities to partner are available to every stakeholder who recognizes the need to elevate our industry to attract new enthusiasts.

Read More... Elevating the ISS Gala through Global Support.pdf
 
 
 
 

Association Alliance Member Feature -- Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss)


SYBAss unites and represents builders of large motor and sailing yachts. The member shipyards have built at least three custom or semi-custom yachts over 40 metres in length in the past decade. Monaco is the seat of the association and where the annual General Assembly is held, during which the elected board explains current policies and asks members for input. The secretariat is based in the Netherlands from where all of the association’s activities are supported. SYBAss’ focus is on three fields: promotion, regulation and professionalism.

Read More...Association Alliance Member Feature—Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss).pdf
 
 
 
 

Board Member Profile-Simon Harvey-N2 People Skills

 
Simon Harvey has been around yachts his whole life. From building boats to working from deckhand to captain, and now working with captains and crew on leadership and people skills development with his company N2 People Skills. Simon’s working and volunteer roles have always been focused on people, leadership and yachts. Always striving to give back to the industry, Simon continually lends his time to those looking for a helping hand whether Master Mariner or green crew. 

Read More...Board Member Profile-Simon Harvey.pdf
 
 
 
 

Spotlight on Supporting Member -- Kevin Glancy & Jonathan Fawcett

 
Kevin Glancy and Jonathan Fawcett are one of the world’s leading outfitters to superyachts. From their headquarters in Manchester, UK, the project management team draw on decades of expertise to guarantee seamless professional service. they have worked on over 400 of the world’s finest yachts. They perceive their involvement and affiliation with ISS as strengthening their offering and the way they work.

Read More...Spotlight on Supporting Member-Kevin Glancy and Jonathan Fawcett.pdf
 
ISS Announces Annual Membership Breakfast Feature Presentation 9/19/2016

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is pleased to announce 35th America’s Cup: Action, Excitement and Exclusive Access, as its featured presentation topic for the Society’s Annual Membership Meeting & Breakfast 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.

Click the link for more details ISS Annual Breakfast-35th Americas Cup-Action Excitement Exclusive Access.pdf

ISS 2016 June Newsletter 6/28/2016
 
ISS Recognizes Significance of PYC with New Design Award
 
The International Superyacht Society recognizes the significant benefit of the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) related to carriage of up to thirty-six passengers while in charter and also for those in private use under the Red Ensign Group. ISS also recognizes the extraordinary achievement of designers and builders in complying with challenging PYC restrictions while also creating incredible lifestyle designs using exotic materials and unique construction techniques.
  
 
 
 
ISS Holds Meeting to Elevate Gala 
 
In June, ISS held a collaborative meeting called a "Concept Workgroup" to discuss elevating ISS's annual gala for design and leadership, this year marking its 26th anniversary. By the end of the meeting on 9 June, a shared vision was clearly realized. Look to future ISS galas to heighten the celebration of achievement while reaching out to those not yet fully realizing the allure of yachting in all its dimensions.
 
 
 
  
Association Alliance Member Feature-YSTS of Malta
 
The aim of the Yachting Services Trade Section (YSTS) is that of identifying and raising the challenges faced by the various facets of the industry with the relative authorities with a view to finding workable solutions reports Dr Alison Vassallo, chairperson. The members of the YSTS represent and operate actively in a wide range of yachting services and are experts in their respective fields. This represents a valuable pool of resources and renders the YSTS well equipped to act as a consultative partner with the Government.

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Calling All Students: ISS Wants You!
 
ISS recently created its Student Membership for one simple reason: our industry is growing and embracing new ideas, and the best way to do so is to work with you. We provide mentoring opportunities for those of you who wish to pursue the many diverse career paths in the global yachting industry. 
 
 
 
 
Board Member Profile-Bill Tripp-Tripp Design NA
 
Bill Tripp started Tripp Design Naval Architecture in 1984, designing racing boats reflecting a childhood spent on the water sailing and racing in boats his father, William Tripp, Jr., designed. 30+ years later, Tripp Design Naval Architecture specializes in the design and engineering of state-of-the-art yachts ranging in size from 43 feet to 80+ meters with offices in Connecticut and Amsterdam. In 2016 he joined the ISS Board of Directors and currently co-chairs its Designers & Architects Committee with Tim Hamilton of Feadship.

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Spotlight on Sponsorship Cayman Registry
 
Registry-a division of Cayman Maritime- is the premium yacht registry in the world, as can be seen by the huge number of large yachts around the world that are flying the Cayman Islands Red Ensign. The registry was first established in 1903 when George Town was formally recognised as a British Port of Registry. The registry obtained British Registry Category 1 Status on 25 July 1991, and can register vessels of any size and type provided that they meet international standards.

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ISS Recognizes Significance of Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) with New Design Award 6/23/2016
 
The International Superyacht Society (ISS) recognizes the significant benefit of the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) related to carriage of up to thirty-six passengers while in charter and also for those in private use under the Red Ensign Group. ISS also recognizes the extraordinary achievement of designers and builders in complying with challenging PYC restrictions while also creating incredible lifestyle designs using exotic materials and unique construction techniques.