ISS News

ISS Announces 2016-2019 Board of Directors 2/9/2016

The ISS (International Superyacht Society) announces its 20162019 Board of Directors and Past Presidents Council. For the current year and based on a memberbased democratic voting system, ISS stakeholders have awarded eight Board positions for three years for the 2016-2019 term.

Click the link for full press release 8 February 2016-ISS Announces 2016-2019 Board of Directors.pdf

ISS January 2016 Newsletter 1/27/2016
Vote for the 2016 ISS Board of Directors
The race to join the ISS Board is exciting, close and needs your vote! The 2016 ballot represents the full array of leadership it takes to sustain a global luxury industry. The nominees embody each phase of the yachting experience from drafting table to build, yacht and fleet management, piloting and crew recruitment, marina and yacht repair to the editors who beckon new enthusiasts and provide insight to us all. For a ballot, contact Vanessa Stuart, You must be an ISS member to vote.
Fabien Cousteau Webinar-Postponed to 18 February 2016
In late breaking news and on the heels of that other watery phenomenon, snow (the Blizzard of 2016), we are postponing our Fabien Cousteau Webinar until 18 February 2016. His presentation, Fabien Cousteau: Explorer, Aquanaut, Story Maker, follows his path, what it was like growing up with Jacques Cousteau as his grandfather, vivid memories, his dedication to ocean conservation and his current, future and non-profit initiatives. Your invitation will arrive two weeks in advance of the Webinar.
Commit to the Global Superyacht Industry: Join an ISS Committee
Behind the scenes there is a lot of work being done. Like all successful not-for-profit organizations, ISS has a committee structure peopled by those with strong commitment to best practices and addressing issues to benefit our global business. It is from their work we developed these ideas: Good for You, Good for Your Business, Good for Our Industry. Read about each ISS committee and join one today!
Board Member Profile -John D. Venables
Naiad Dynamics (Naiad Maritime Group, Inc.)
John Venables is one of those industry leaders who quietly, professionally and reliably gets the job done, while seeming to help the community at large adhere together.  A familiar presence over the past 30 years, John and his company have become recognized and counted upon as part of the fabric of the yachting community, and equally acknowledged in the commercial and military ship sectors of the marine industry.  A supporter of the ISS since its earliest days, John has served on the Board since 2008 and remains a strong advocate for the yachting industry.
 Spotlight on Sponsorship-Lürssen
Lürssen epitomizes that unique blend of heritage and tradition with modernism and superlative product matched only by its promise to discover and integrate evolving design and technology for the betterment of its customers and the global superyacht market. Lürssen’s connection to shipbuilding is as deep-rooted and individual as only family bonds can be.


ISS December 2015 Newsletter 12/16/2015


All Best Tidings for a Cozy & Festive Holiday Season & Happy New Year 
Introducing the 2016 ISS Board of Directors Nominees 
While nominations to the ISS Board of Directors remains open until December 21st, a remarkable roster of global superyacht industry leadership is already slated for the Official ISS 2016 Ballot.
Fabien Cousteau Webinar-Save the January Date
ISS, Fabien Cousteau and Oceanco-the perennial sponsor of the ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award-are over the moon in announcing the first-ever Fabien Cousteau Webinar. During the Webinar, Fabien will discuss Mission 31 and the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center, his non-profit. For now, we asked him to give us a feel for his ocean passions in advance of January 28th.
The Year in Review...The Year Ahead
At year's end, ISS acknowledges the incredible support of our global superyacht industry, the contributions from our Board, Members, Sponsors and Committees, and we know it's time to look forward to what we can accomplish in 2016. ISS is proud of our track record. It is one of moving forward on key initiatives that authenticate our fundamental mission: to Ensure Sustainability & Excellence in the Global Superyachting Industry.
Board Member Profile
Dieter Jaenicke-Viking Recruitment
Dieter's passion for the sea started very early when at the age of four, helping his father, a Master Carpenter, "Caulking" boats at Bosham Harbour, he noticed the water raising above his "Gum Boots" which started his fascination for the sea. Now headed to Brussels to attend the European Commission, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, come take the journey of Dieter's amazing story with us!
Spotlight on Sponsorship
MDL Italia
MDL Italia joined with GMC in November to sponsor ISS's Annual Membership Mixer at METS. We are delighted to present information on their newest resort. The latest addition to the MDL's Mediterranean Network, Marina di Stabia Resort is one of the biggest and safest Yacht & SuperYacht marinas in the Med.
Read more...Spotlight on Sponsorship-MDL Italia.pdf
ISS November 2015 Newsletter 11/24/2015


2015 Design & Leadership Award Winners

Hats off. Champagne popped. Bravo to the design and leadership winners of ISS's 25th Annual Awards. Masters of the aesthetic and trailblazers of a global industry.
Crisis Public Relations 404
At its recent annual members' breakfast in Fort Lauderdale, the ISS hosted a well-attended panel discussion on crisis communications. From a consultant who works with major corporations and governments to yachting-industry representatives, the panelists emphasized that the days of waiting weeks before responding to an adverse situation are long gone. Camera phones, social media, and as-it-happens news websites mean that word-and rumors-spread fast.
Superyacht Industry Associations’ Alliance Summit at METS
The first Global Summit of superyacht trade associations was held at METS and ended on a very positive note. Representatives from international associations and countries including Australia, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Italy, the USA and the Isle of Man gathered before the opening of METSTRADE 2015 to discuss collaboration on global challenges facing the Superyacht industry, yacht operators and yacht crew.
Jean-Michel Cousteau-A Life for the Water Planet
Explorer. Environmentalist. Educator. Film Producer. For more than five decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet. ISS gratefully acknowledges his participation in the 25th Annual Gala, standing in for his son Fabien Cousteau in presenting the ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award.
Board Member Profile-Bransom Bean-Fine Focusing
Bransom Bean loves dogs, airplanes and steam locomotives, but most of all the sea. An ISS board member of since January 2011; as ISS Education Chair, he manages YachtInfo. Bransom taught himself to sail at age 12, completing many ocean passages including the BT Global Challenge in 1996/97. He is a director of Moore Stephens, a writer for Dockwalk and Sea Breezes and works as an executive coach by day.
Spotlight on Sponsorship-International Paint
International Paint-also known as Interlux in North America-has been a member organisation of ISS since our very first year back in 1989. Along the way International Paint has supported the development of the Society in a number of progressive and meaningful ways, most notably in the time given by key employees to serve as Committee, Board and Executive members especially Joe Purtell and Ken Hickling who both have been ISS presidents.  Since 2000, the company has provided ISS with pro bono graphic design services from their in-house team, ranging from print design to event banner preparation, web graphics and social media facilitation.
Read more...International Paint.pdf
Invite to the ISS Mixer at METS 11/11/2015

Click the link for orginal invite ISS Annual Mixer at METS.pdf

Destination Cuba Article from the ISS YachtInfo Seminars 11/11/2015

Please click the link for information from the ISS YachtInfo Seminars about "Destination Cuba"

ISS Announces Design and Leadership Award Winners 11/4/2015

To see winners list click the link below

4 November 2015-ISS Announces Design and Leadership Award Winners.pdf

ISS Awards Gala Invite 10/26/2015

ISS Design Awards Gala - 25th Anniversary

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

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Click here for ISS Gala Invite 2015.pdf

Click here for Order Form.pdf

ISS 2015 October Newsletter 10/22/2015
ISS 2015 FLIBS Event Schedule
With our annual Monaco Membership Mixer in our wake and our Annual METS Membership Mixer off the bow, our highly energized schedule of FLIBS events provides our members and industry with great opportunities celebrate, network, collaborate and learn: all key components of our Mission to Ensure Sustainability & Excellence in the Global Superyachting Industry.
2015 Nominees for ISS's Awards of Distinction
Each year at the ISS Annual Awards Gala, we recognise the excellence of the people in our industry as much as we do the design excellence in the beautiful superyachts we produce. Congratulate this year's nominees when you see them on the docks at FLIBS.
YachtInfo FLIBS-Four Key Topics Presented over Four Consecutive Mornings
ISS is delighted to again present YachtInfo at FLIBS. In response to the global industry’s request for best timing and accessibility, we’ve structured the program to ensure as many who would like to attend can without compromising time at the show. YachtInfo seminars are now being presented each morning from November 5-November 8 from 8:30 am - 10:00 am at the Swimming Hall of Fame, courtesy of AIM Pavilion. Topics cover two main subjects: Superyacht Business and Superyacht Operations with two days covering each. YachtInfo FLIBS is made possible by Royal Huisman, perennial Education Sponsor.
The Global Consolidation Trend-Managing Change when Companies Merge
Derik Wagner, ISS President and Sr. VP and President, Yacht Services at MTN, an EMC Company writes with first-hand erudition on the upward trend in global consolidation. A philosophical commentary, his points work for all whether consolidation is at hand, or not.
Board Member Profile, Norma Trease
Editor-at-Large, Yachting Matters
In a business known for the elegance of its ambassadors and personalities, Norma Trease stands out. Her yachting career has spanned decades and continents and virtually every facet of the yacht industry. When not working or volunteering, Norma is an avid sailor and participates in most of the major large yacht regattas. 
Spotlight on Sponsorship
Show Management/AIM Marine Group
Show Management and the AIM Marine Group are proud to be Platinum Sponsors of the International Superyacht Society. As fellow members of the global yachting community, their support the ISS mission ensures the industry’s sustainability and excellence for generations to come. Show Management is part of the Active Interest Media (AIM) family of companies, one of the world’s largest enthusiast media companies. AIM’s Marine Group consists of award-winning print publications, digital media, production of events and six world-renowned boat shows, including the flagship Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Read more...Show Management-AIM Marine Group.pdf
ISS September 2015 Newsletter 9/21/2015
Design Awards Finalists
ISS members have voted and we are delighted to present the finalists for the 25th 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.
ISS Superyacht UK Monaco Mixer
At the International Superyacht Society, we enjoy close relationships with perennial sponsors, those who’ve come to bat year after year in support of our mission and our members. As has been the case since we began our Monaco Mixer years ago, we pair up with one or more international associations to broaden the event. At Viking’s great suggestion, this year we are proud to host this members-only event with Superyacht UK.
25th Anniversary Advertising Opportunity
ISS’s Awards for Design and Leadership remains the longest-running celebration of its kind, remarkably our Silver Anniversary this year. The printed Gala Program is published to accompany this prestigious event that recognizes outstanding achievements in the superyacht industry in the past year and the people who make our industry unique and outstanding. By advertising, you’ll enjoy this great opportunity for your company to be recognized by this elite industry, our owners, clients and potential prospects.
Board Member Profile
Michael Moore, Moore & Company
Michael Moore is a fixture and a trusted advisor to a wide variety of organizations connected to the world’s oceans. He serves on the ISS Board of Directors and as its primary legal counsel, is the Chairman of the Board of the International SeaKeepers Society, runs his firm Moore & Company and following a dinner last year with HRH Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex will return to Windsor Castle in November to continue discussions on the state of the world’s oceans.
Spotlight on Sponsorship-MTN, an EMC Company,
the Leadership in Yacht Communications
Fittingly, MTN is ISS’s Innovation Award Sponsor. MTN’s commitment to innovating onboard communications will be apparent at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show. Visitors to their stand will get a sneak peek of the next generation of Maestro (slated for release in the first quarter of 2016), their fully integrated solution that simplifies and improves onboard communications. MTN has continued to set the industry pace while broadening their product offering far beyond just satellite bandwidth. In his spare time, MTN’s Derik Wagner is also ISS President.
Read more...MTN, an EMC Company.pdf