Emergency Response

Does it sound like we are obsessed with safety? We are.

Even the most carefully planned itinerary, however, can be subject to unforeseen circumstances. Mother Nature and Father Time are not always the most amenable travel companions.

The best aspect of our yacht management program is expertise that we use the least and hope that our clients will never utilize: Emergency Response.

International Yacht Collection offers emergency response services which are available 24/7 to support yacht crew with any type of critical situation. As part of the ISM Code and our onboard Safety Management System (SMS), crew members are trained to access to their manager, known by ISM as the "Designated Person Ashore (DPA)" who will coordinate the appropriate professional response for:

  • Medical Emergency
  • Security Invasion
  • Search and Rescue
  • Search and Recovery
  • Salvage
  • Insurance Coverage

Knowing that IYC managers have done their utmost to protect the vessels under their supervision solidifies the value of the yacht management contract. We vigilantly stand by our yacht owners to protect lives and property no matter what the circumstances.

Environmental Protection

The IMO's Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) and its various subcommittees remain vigilant about issues which might affect the health and purity of the marine ecosystem. All the professionals at International Yacht Collection are equally committed to preserving the beauty of our ports and coastal areas. There are formal regulations for large yachts and guidelines for smaller vessels that are worthy of attention when discussion ship operations and disposal procedures.

Fuel Transfers

Another IMO mandate of for ships of 150+ gross tons is to establish an oil spill prevention plan, the Ship Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP). The captain and engineer on every yacht should be ready to tackle any fuel spill incidents that might occur during refueling, transfer or breach. Besides the required identification and documentation, the SOPEP contains:

  • The general information about the ship including schematics and capacities of storage tanks, fuel lines, vents, and other structural fuel system details.
  • Procedures and equipment to contain the discharge of oil into the sea
  • The location of the SOPEP locker with an inventory of cleanup contents
  • The duty of each crew member in case of a spill
  • Reporting procedures to authorities like port state control and clean up teams

A prepared crew can react quickly and minimize the impact of a petroleum mishap. The SOPEP is just another tool in the large yacht management kit.

Trash Disposal

It seems mundane to discuss garbage, but keeping the yachts interior pristine is the crew’s passion. As mentioned earlier, yachts are floating villages. Food, beverages, cleaning solutions, fuel, paper goods are brought onboard a superyacht in impressive quantity and it is the job of the crew to manage the empty packaging properly so that all the consumed supplies are processed efficiently.

Both intake and outflow are handled with care in order to keep the onboard environment as healthy as possible. Many vessels do not even allow cardboard boxes to load because they are not sanitary: supplies are hand-carried on board to ensure quality and freshness.

Every ship of 12M (40’) or more in length is required to display placards notifying passengers and crew of the garbage disposal requirements and ships of 400+ gross tons (certified to carry 15+ persons)must carry a Garbage Management Plan, with written procedures for collecting, storing, processing and disposing of garbage.

It’s not pretty work, but someone has got to do it. Our focus on yacht operation details is boundless. The yacht owners in the IYC yacht management program don’t ever have to know everything happening behind the scenes, unless they want to.