ISS News

Pete Southgate Named Co-Chair of ISS Technical Committee 5/12/2016


The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is pleased to announce Mr. Pete Southgate, Wright Maritime Group, has been appointed as co-chair of the ISS Technical Committee.

Southgate is a shipbuilder, naval architect and marine surveyor with experience spanning 30 years in the maritime industry and is a member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

To read more click on the following link... 12 May 2016-Pete Southgate Named Co-Chair of ISS Technical Committee.pdf


ISS May 2016 Newsletter 5/5/2016
ISS 2016 Crew Membership Initiative Underwritten by WMG
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.  ISS President, Derik Wagner, says, "WMG's innovative approach to providing yacht crew with an entrance into this global organisation will build ISS's important relationships with crew and give one of the industry's most important groups, crew, a significant voice with top industry influencers."
Remembering Ed Dubois and Pieter Beeldsnijder
Diane Byrne remembers the two great design talents the superyacht industry lost just days apart in March. With yachts as familiar as the stars at night, again and again, these amazing gentlemen embodied the very elegance to which we all aspire.
Association Alliance Member Feature-News from Down Under
Guest columnist, MaryAnne Edwards, Chief Executive, AIMEX & Superyacht Australia offers commentary on three projects. 1) Australia Working Hard to Simplify Chartering Rules & Regulations; 2) Australia Plans 4th Visit to Tahiti; and, 3) ICOMIA President Speaking at ASMEX 2016.
ISS's YachtInfo at MYBA's 28th Annual Charter Show in Genoa
YachtInfo--ISS's educational platform--presented Destinations Seminar: Norway and Cuba on 3 May 2016 at MYBA's 28th Annual Charter Show in Genoa. The seminar was sponsored by Superyacht Norway with a complimentary breakfast sponsored by Genoa International Supplies. The show's charter seminars are organised each year by the MYBA Charter Committee, ever deeply involved in the curriculum. ISS's Education Committee chair, Bransom Bean, moderated.
Board Member Profile
Will Mathieson-The Superyacht Group
Will Mathieson entered the superyacht industry in 2010, as The Superyacht Group's news editor (he's now editor of The Superyacht Report), following a number of years working as a business journalist covering the sports industry, including the 2007 America's Cup. His editorial focus remains enhancing the transparency of the yachting business and how the industry's collective initiatives can bolster market performance. He plans to continue this as a member of the ISS board of directors.
Spotlight on Sponsorship
MarineMax Yachts
MarineMax is the largest retailer of boats in the United States with over 50 offices in 20 states.  A publicly traded company (HZO) on the NYSE, MarineMax offers a variety of services to yacht owners, buyers and charterers. With Bob Saxon at the helm of its expansion into the large yacht sector, MarineMax is immediately supportive of the global industry through its sponsorship of ISS's Business (Person) of the Year award of distinction.


ISS 2016 Crew Membership Initiative - Underwritten by Wright Maritime Group 5/2/2016


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.
ISS President, Derik Wagner, comments, “WMG’s innovative approach to providing yacht crew with an entrance into this global organisation will build ISS’s important relationships with crew and give one of the industry’s most important groups, crew, a significant voice with top industry influencers.”

To read more click on the following link... 2 May 2016-ISS 2016 Crew Membership Initiative.pdf

ISS’s YachtInfo at MYBA’s 28th Annual Charter Show in Genoa 4/29/2016


The ISS (International Superyacht Society) is pleased to announce that YachtInfo—its educational platform—will present Destinations Seminar: Norway and Cuba on 3 May 2016 from 8h30 to 10h00 at MYBA’s 28th annual Charter Show in Genoa. The seminar is sponsored by Superyacht Norway with a complimentary breakfast from 8h00 sponsored by Genoa International Supplies. The Show’s charter seminars are organised each year by the MYBA Charter Committee, ever deeply involved in the curriculum.

To read more click on the following link... 29 April 2016-ISS’s YachtInfo at MYBA’s 28th Annual Charter Show in Genoa.pdf

ISS March 2016 Newsletter 3/24/2016
Happy Easter!
ISS has a basket full of benefits for all our members. In particular, all of you
who nominate vessels for our annual design awards will be delighted to know that there is no cost associated with putting forth your amazing creations. Ever. Get started today. Contact Vanessa Stuart,, for nomination information. Then eat jelly beans.


Association Membership Update
During its monthly meeting in March, ISS’s Executive Committee adopted a new Association Membership benefit. Beginning immediately and reflective of ISS’s membership year which is based on the date one joins or renews, current and new association members may designate five affiliates from their own membership ranks or association staff as ISS members.


Association Alliance Member Feature-The GUEST Program
Guest columnist, Joey Meen, PYA Director of Training & Certification and the Founder of GUEST- Guidelines for Unified Excellence in Service Training-discusses the three-year old program. With support from ISS and endorsements from MYBA and SYBAss, GUEST is viewed as the industry-led global training standard for interior crew.
ISS at the Palm Beach International Boat Show
Diane Byrne comments on ISS’s Board decision to hold its winter meeting at the Palm Beach International Boat Show. “As for the ISS Board of Directors meeting, committees focused on education, events, and more were expanded. We’ll be bringing you more in-depth news about some of these initiatives in upcoming newsletters,” she writes. Diane also brings you news of Bob Saxon’s major announcement.
Board Member Profile
Timothy Hamilton-Feadship
Timothy Hamilton is proud to say his work as Director of the Americas for Feadship allows him to live in his beautiful home state of Florida and be a part of building the most incredible boats in the world. Tim newly joins the ISS and already brings strategic and creative thinking to the Society which complements Feadship’s enduring support.
Spotlight on Supporting Member
Döhle Yachts
A superyacht is a valuable asset as well as a luxury pleasure vessel. It may start as a dream but when it turns into reality it requires professional management and specialised services by highly qualified personnel-and that is something in which we at Döhle Yachts have considerable experience.



ISS February 2016 Newsletter 2/24/2016
Announcing the 2016 ISS Board of Directors
With an unprecedented number of votes cast, the 2016 ISS Board of Directors election was as close as any in recent memory. Congratulations to all who were nominated, to those voted in and to those who have already indicated they will stand again for the 2017 election. Thank you to all ISS members who voted. Effecting the direction of the global superyacht industry through one’s vote is a privilege of membership.  
26th Anniversary of ISS's Design Awards-Yacht Registration Open
To set the stage and celebrate the 26th Anniversary of the ISS Design Awards, registration is now open for all custom new build projects completed, launched and delivered from 1 May 2015 through 30 April 2016 that are 24 meters (79') or larger in length overall. ISS’s Design Awards also includes a Refit Category: yachts must have had extensive refit work that comprehensively and esoterically changed and upgraded the vessel.
Why are Americans Still Buying Their Yachts Abroad?

Guest columnist, Jim Gilbert, celebrated yachting journalist and newly-minted president of Christensen Shipyards, examines the American yachtsman's inclination-and its reasons-to buy and build abroad. With a glimpse at plans underway at Christensen, Jim offers salient insight into design, artisanship, marketing and pricing.
ISS's Awards of Distinction-Your Nominations Are Requested
The process is simple. Perhaps the nominee is sitting next to you at this moment. Perhaps a supplier comes to mind and a forward-thinking innovator and a company committed to providing breakthroughs for resource protection and green technologies. You may have recently read about unprecedented actions by a captain and crew. ISS's Awards of Distinction were established to celebrate excellence.
Board Member Profile
Michele Flandin-Oceanco
Michele Flandin has extensive yachting experience and has been involved in the industry for nearly 21 years. At Oceanco she is closely involved in all aspects of promotion, media relations, event management, and public relations, among other things. She has just been re-elected to the ISS Board, is an active SYBAss member and is Oceanco's representative in the 'Chamber Monegasque of Yachting' in Monaco.
Spotlight on Sponsorship
Wright Maritime Group
A worldwide industry leader in large vessel construction, operations and management for yachts up to 138 meters (450'), Wright Maritime Group finds ample time and unwavering support for the global superyacht business. ISS, MCA, and Cayman Islands Ship Owner's Advisory are but a few receiving WMG's gift of time and the expertise of AJ and Ellen Anderson.
Read more...Wright Maritime Group.pdf


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 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