Superyacht UK Technical Seminar 27th March 2019

Once again, excellent presentations – inspirational, informative and eye-opening with subjects ranging from carbon sailboat spars to sustainable boat building and innovative FRP projects.  A bonus was the opportunity to catch up with companies attending the British Marine Expo.



Concern at Stability Issues by US Coast Guard

A United States Coast Guard investigation into the loss of the F.V. Destination has issued Findings of Concern of which the operators of all vessels should take notice:

The need for qualified individuals and naval architects to update stability instructions and booklets when structural changes are made to a vessel, other equipment or operational gear is changed, or their placement is altered, and;
Naval architects should take the opportunity when stability instructions and booklets are updated to examine the vessel’s stability history to ensure previous stability calculations were sound and are suitable to continue to serve as a solid basis for any changes and updates.

Pratt Naval Architecture can assist vessel operators and owners by ensuring stability information is up-to-date.


MCA Consultation on “Grandfather Rights” of Older UK Passenger Ships

A recent MCA consultation  set out proposed amendments to the technical requirements applicable to UK Domestic Passenger Vessels.

One proposal would see all vessels operating at sea or on Category D waters and those on Category C tidal waters which do not currently have damage survivability (“Heel Test” vessels) required to upgrade to “damage survivability” – the ability to stay afloat when flooded with a certain level of residual stability.  A report of of a consultation meeting in November published  here today, 25th March 2019, shows that operators were very concerned about the potential impact of this.

Pratt Naval Architecture are well placed to assist operators wishing to take early action to investigate upgrading or replacing their vessels, or provide feedback on the implications for their operation to the MCA. Link here.