US Superyacht Association Plans 2-Day Captains Seminar

Run by the US Superyacht Association the Captains’ Briefing is a two-day extended seminar to be held at The Yacht Club at Isle de Sol on the island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean

Program highlights include Security Presentations & Exercises and US Entry and Flag State Audits, all of which accompany a Certificate of Completion. Nightly cocktail parties are planned as well. 
The two-day event schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, January 16th 2pm to 5pm
  • Welcome to St. Maarten, Prime Minister Address
  • U.S. Coast Guard Security Initiatives in the Caribbean Basin
  • USCG Admiral Baumgarten
  • Weapons onboard your vessel: Overview of international laws, regulations, and considerations
  • Situational Awareness and security technology: How technology can help you improve your awareness
  • How ISPS/SOLAS affect security decisions: International regulations and their implications to your security plans.  

Thursday January 17th: 2pm to 5pm
  • Welcome to St. Maarten: John Mann, Chairman USSA
  • STCW Manila Amendments: How its implementation will affect your license and crew certification
  • Come See U.S.: Cruising the U.S. this summer?  Get updates on how the USSA is making it easier for boats to come and cruise the U.S. waters.
  • Port State Control and Flag State Audits/Paris MOU: Common deficiencies that can cause your boat compliance issues. 
  • MLC Update: What’s happening with the implementation?
  • Destination U.S. West Coast and America’s Cup events update

Evening: Cocktail reception
Sponsors include:
  • MegaFend
  • IGY Marinas
  • Yacht Chandlers
  • Crown Bay Marina
  • National Marine Suppliers
  • Palm Harbor Marina
  • Jetlev
  • The Maritime Security Council

For more information, contact the USSA at +1 954 792 8666 or