ICOMIA large yacht group meets

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Members of the ISO TC8 SC12 met to discuss technology of yachts measuring more than 78 feet long.

Members of the ISO TC8 SC12 met to discuss technology of yachts measuring more than 78 feet long.

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations Large Yacht Working Group met April 24 and 25 in Barcelona, Spain, to further develop existing approved ISO work items and revise published large-yacht standards.

More than 25 industry experts met to discuss the technology in yachts measuring longer than 78 feet at the Marina Barcelona 92 facility. The meetings were timed to coincide with the 30 MYBA Charter Show held at the OneOcean Port Vell in Barcelona.

ISO TC8 SC12 is managed by secretary Paolo Santato from Italy and is co-funded by ICOMIA and the Italian marine industry association Confindustria Nautica.

In a working group titled “Equipment,” new items Elevators and Lifting Platforms were added to document current industry practice and develop a clear approach for their installation and maintenance.

A separate item addressed Rescue Boat Launching Appliances to cover cranes and davits that are not within the scope of the IMO Life-Saving Appliance code. The initial draft of the code would include details such as using the running rigging on a sailboat for lifting purposes.

Working Group 5 focused on assessment of composite rigging installation and the challenges involved with the condition of a composite rig including masts, spars, rigging and attachment points and the current high-failure rate of this components. Key elements included survey requirements.

The group also addressed stabilization and seakeeping, working on drafting requirements to develop an assessment index. Finally, management of health and safety risks associated with the storage, handling, generation and use of isocyanates in the workplace were brought up. Isocyanates are used in various coatings in the marine industry.

“ISO standards developed by TC8 SC12 are beneficial to superyacht construction,” said Patrick Hemp, ICOMIA technical consultant in a statement. “As they deal with areas not covered by class rules, or where class rules are not appropriate for superyachts.”

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