ISS News

ISS Assimilates Yacht Captains Association (YCA) Membership 3/22/2017

International Superyacht Society (ISS) is honoured to announce its assimilation of the Yacht Captains Association (YCA) membership effective immediately. All current YCA members matriculate as ISS members with full membership privileges.

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ISS’s Role in the Large Yacht and Passenger Yacht Code Review Process 2/13/2017

On behalf of the ISS Technical Committee as its Co-Chair, Peter Southgate of Wright Maritime Group attended the first Working Group meeting for the Large Yacht and Passenger Yacht Code revision, held in Pisa Italy on the 9th February 2017. This follows the kick-off meeting introducing the review during the London Boat Show in January.

Read more...ISSs Role in the Large Yacht and Passenger Yacht Code Review Process.pdf 

ISS Announces 2017-2020 Board of Directors 2/7/2017

The ISS (International Superyacht Society) announces its 2017-2020 Board of Directors and Past Presidents Council. For the current year and based on a member-based democratic voting system, ISS stakeholders have awarded eight Board positions for three years for the 2017-2020 term.

Read more... 2017-ISS Announces 2017-2020 Board of Directors.pdf

ISS January 2017 Newsletter 1/25/2017
2017 Board of Directors Election
If you are an ISS member, a key benefit is voting. Each January, members vote for eight individuals to join the ISS Board of Directors, those who sustain the Society by their vision and prioritize the initiatives and actions undertaken for the good of the industry. Each year's ballot represents both end-of-term directors and nominees as submitted by members, another privilege membership affords. As is the case each year, the 2017 ballot includes the large yacht industry's most compelling people. If you are not a member, join today! You have until midnight 3 February 2017 to cast your vote.
Good for You. Good for Your Business. Good for Our Industry. 
Following each quarter, we applaud those members who are new and who re-join by listing them in our newsletter. Thank you for your continuing support. ISS's Mission is to Ensure Sustainability & Excellence in the Global Superyachting Industry. Our mission is delivered by building alliances worldwide; to serve as a communications conduit for issues affecting the marketplace, owners, crew and industry members; to recognize achievement; and, to provide educational opportunities and networking events. Our funding comes from our members and sponsors which in turn enables the ISS to work on initiatives that benefit the large yacht industry.
ISS 2017 Student Membership Initiative
ISS is pleased to announce Wright Maritime Group's support in providing students currently attending educational curriculums that are relevant to a career in the yacht industry with a one-year free membership in ISS. ISS President, Derik Wagner, says, "WMG's approach to sponsoring young industry professionals with an entrance to the ISS and its global reach opens unique career pathways to build important long-term relationships with top industry influencers."  WMG's captain, AJ Anderson, adds, "The industry is served by mentoring our young professionals to be the next generation of leaders. WMG is honored to underwrite ISS's innovative approach to building sustainability in our most important resource-the human factor."

Read more...ISS 2017 Student Membership Initiative.pdf
Board Member Profile-Derik Wagner-Wagner & Associates
Derik is currently serving his third and final year of his three-year term as International Superyacht Society President (while also running for another three-year board term). His main goal has been to grow ISS's membership by streamlining and clarifying its value proposition to members. To ensure sustainability and excellence for this industry, he has been a voice for a larger campaign to promote the yachting lifestyle to potential new yachting enthusiasts. In his "day job," he is now providing technology and communications consultancy as Wagner & Associates.
Read more...Board Member Profile-Derik Wagner-Wagner and Associates.pdf
Spotlight on Supporting Member-bluewater Yachting
Bluewater is a world leader in yacht services with offices in Antibes, Fort Lauderdale, Palma, Davos, Hong Kong and Moscow. As the only major yachting company with experienced and dedicated teams in the five main sectors of the superyacht industry-brokerage, charter, yacht management, crew training and crew solutions-bluewater can cater to your every need. One company, one complete service.

Read more...Spotlight on Supporting Member-bluewater Yachting.pdf
ISS 2017 Student Membership Initiative 1/9/2017

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is pleased to announce Wright Maritime Group’s support in providing students currently attending educational curriculums that are relevant to a career in the yacht industry with a one-year free membership in ISS.

9 January 2017-ISS 2017 Student Membership Initiative.pdf

ISS December 2016 Newsletter 12/15/2016
Please nominate for the ISS Board of Directors!!! Send your interest or the suggestion
of a colleague. Nominations close December 23rd.
All Best Tidings for a Cosy Festive Holiday Season & Happy New Year
ISS's Ship Advisor's Breakfast Seminar
Attendees at ISS's inaugural Ship Advisor's Breakfast were presented with an update on regulatory matters in general, an update on the MLC and STCW (Manila) Amendments and an update on the Ballast Water Management Convention.
Jane Buffington, Yachting Industry Icon: 1926-2016

With permission, we are re-printing the wonderful tribute to Jane Buffington, one of ISS's founding members, from Godspeed Jane!
Association Alliance Member Feature-International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA)
Formerly known as the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, IYBA was created in 1987 to unite those engaged in the yacht brokerage business to promote professionalism and cooperation among its members and to promote and maintain a high standard of conduct in the transacting of the yacht brokerage business.

Read more... Association Alliance Member Feature—International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA).pdf
Board Member Profile-Sylke auf dem Graben-Lürssen
Sylke auf dem Graben is PR & Marketing Manager at Lürssen. She is responsible for all marketing and advertising activities for 14 years, while her career in yachting began in 1991. "What I like most about my job is that you do a bit of traveling but the best thing is the good relationships I have with so many other people in this industry. When we see each other at boat shows, it feels like a family gathering. I appreciate that fact very much."

Read more... Board Member Profile-Sylke auf dem Graben- Lürssen.pdf
Spotlight on Supporting Member-Benetti
Benetti: the Future is Now! BNow created by the shipyard in collaboration with architect Stefano Natucci and British Design Studio Redman Whiteley Dixon, adds new energy to the Benetti identity without changing it, rather creating a new benchmark for the future.
Read more... Spotlight on Supporting Member-Benetti.pdf
ISS November 2016 Newsletter 11/21/2016


2016 ISS Design & Leadership Award Winners

Celebration complete! Champagne popped! Bravo to the Design & Leadership Winners of ISS’s 26th Annual Awards. Masters of the aesthetic and trailblazers of an extraordinary global industry.
Call for Nominations to the 2017 ISS Board of Directors
Join the remarkable roster of the global superyacht industry’s leadership who serve on the ISS Board of Directors. If you would like to add yourself or another to the slate, nominations remain open until December 23rd.  In such a case, please email your nomination including name, company and email to Amy Halsted,
Ocean Sustainability Suggestions from the 2016 ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award Winner
Captain David Tomlinson offers powerfully simple suggestions to all of us to steward oceans while reminiscing on his time at sea and what it means to be awarded the ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award.
Association Alliance Member Feature-The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF)
Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), created in 1961, is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to protecting and growing the region’s $11.5 billion marine industry, which generates 136,000 associated jobs. MIASF has over 500 members in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties and is the owner of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).
Executive Committee Member Profile-Robert van Tol-SYBAss
Appointed Secretary of the ISS Executive Committee in June 2016, Robert has been specialising in association management since he started at the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) in 2007. “I am very motivated to continue serving on the ISS Executive Committee to enhance the cooperation between ISS and SYBAss, grow the ISS’s worldwide membership base and contribute my knowledge of association management to the ISS organisation.”
Spotlight on Sponsorship-Westrec Marinas
Westrec Marinas is one of the largest national marina operators in the United States and currently operates a portfolio of over 25 marina facilities. Comprising some 15,000 wet and dry storage spaces, Westrec properties accommodate vessels ranging in size from personal watercraft to megayachts, served by over 500 employees. Westrec is a vital partner to ISS and by extension its relationship with crew, having sponsored the Distinguished Crew Award since its inception more than a decade ago.
ISS 2016 Crew Membership Initiative Sponsored by Wright Maritime Group 11/8/2016

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 when crew sign up before the end of 2016.

8 November 2016-ISS 2016 Crew Membership Initiative.pdf

ISS Announces 2016 Design & Leadership Award Winners 11/2/2016

ISS (International Superyacht Society) is pleased to announce winners of the 2016 Design & Leadership Awards. Representing superlative achievement, the awards were presented tonight at the 26th Anniversary of ISS’s Awards Gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

2 November 2016-ISS Announces 2016 Design and Leadership Award Winners.pdf

ISS October 2016 Newsletter 10/26/2016
Design Awards Finalists
ISS members have voted and we are delighted to present the finalists of the 26th Annual ISS Design Awards. We thank all who participate in bringing these astonishing feats of design and engineering to the global marketplace and to those who take the time and deliberation to present their vessels, to vote for them and the judges who now have the awesome responsibility to carefully weigh the merits of each. The winners will be announced at the 26th Annual Gala for Design & Leadership on
2 November 2016 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
ISS Membership Meeting-Meet the America’s Cup Panel & Moderator

35th America’s Cup: Action, Excitement and Exclusive Access is the featured presentation topic for the Society’s Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday 2 November 2016 from 8:00-10:00 am in the AIM Marine Group Pavilion at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Read about our panel-Sam Hollis, America’s Cup Event Authority; Bill Hanbury, Bermuda Tourism Authority; and, Stefano Tositti, BWA Yachting-and moderator, Diane M. Byrne.

Read more...ISS Membership Meeting—Meet the America’s Cup Panel and Moderator.pdf
ISS Yacht Advisors Seminar-Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Sunday-6th November 2016

ISS has teamed up with prominent yacht managers and advisors to launch another exciting initiative for the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. The ISS Yacht Advisors Seminar, which is open to captains, crew and industry representatives, will take place on Sunday 6th November at the Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale from 9:00 - 11:00 am, and will feature presentations on key regulatory issues facing the yacht industry in 2017.
Read more... ISS Yacht Advisors Seminar—Fort Lauderdale Boat Show—Sunday 6th November 2016.pdf
Association Alliance Member Feature-The International SeaKeepers Society
International SeaKeepers Society promotes oceanographic research, conservation, and education through direct involvement with the yachting community. Today the primary focus of SeaKeepers’ efforts is the DISCOVERY Yachts Program.  DISCOVERY Yachts are privately owned vessels which facilitate programming by providing access to the ocean for research, scientific discovery, community outreach and artistic inspiration.

Read more...Association Alliance Member Feature-International SeaKeepers Society.pdf
Board Member Profile-Erin Ackor-Moore & Co., P.A.
Erin Ackor is a partner at the maritime and aviation law firm, Moore & Co, P.A., located in Miami, Florida, where she has been serving clients for more than 12 years, since Moore & Co. opened its doors in 2004. Erin is the current ISS Treasurer and has been a board member since 2014.  Erin also serves on the Admiralty Law Committee of the Florida Bar, as well as being a member of the Maritime Law Association and the Florida Yacht Brokers Association.

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Spotlight on Sponsorship-MTN
Client’s Demands Are Driving Innovation in Yacht Communications. In an industry where owners expect nothing short of the best, and most yachts are being equipped with smart devices and appliances for remote management, MTN is ensuring that its technology is far ahead of the trend and delivers much more than satellite bandwidth. Beyond just connectivity, owners and guests expect sleek yacht design, entertainment content at their fingertips, and a flawless online experience.