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Alewijnse Marine Systems is displaying a prototype of screen technology that turns a window into a television screen. In fact, the company hopes it might be possible to do away with television monitors altogether. When not operating, the Transparent Smart Window Screen looks like a sheet of glass. Once powered up, it can operate like a computer screen (with the background still in view) or it can function like a television screen with nothing viewable beyond. From behind, even when operational, the screen can be clear or blackened, as the user chooses. The screen is available in any size up to 46 inches (117 cm), but larger options are expected. Resolution is 1366 x 768 pixels and input is via USB and HDMI. The screen is expected to be available for sale in the coming months. See it in Darse Nord, stand QD66 or visit www.

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FROM THE TOP: Capt. Takis Tsakos of M/Y Ionian Princess (center) is surrounded by his crew moments after winning Charter Captain of the Year last night. Read the whole story on page 3. PHOTO/LUCY REED

LY3 includes changes for crew By Lucy Chabot Reed The latest update of the Large Yacht Code was presented last night in a panel discussion with training professionals at the annual Professional Yachting Association event. In general, the LY3 incorporates the new STCW rules as well as the Maritime Labour Convention that are coming into effect in the next few years. It applies to all UK- and Red Ensign-registered vessels and the crew who sail upon them, and several of the largest yacht registries follow the code as well. For seafarers, the changes include: l A shortened refresher course (two and a half days) for all four of the certificates that must now be updated

every five years (STCW, lifeboat, basic firefighting and advanced firefighting). The candidate must sign a waiver that some basic skills were conducted at sea, including searching accommodations in your breathing apparatus. l A new written exam for celestial navigation at the chief mate level. No course is required, but the subject will be tested in the exam sequence. l ECDIS certification for deck officers; without it, certificates will carry a negative endorsement that reads “not for use on ECDIS-equipped ships”. l A high voltage course for engineers on ships where the distribution board has more than 1 kilovolt. Without it, certificates will have a negative

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It’s attitude, not size, that shines Capt. Takis Tsakos of the 45.7m M/Y Ionian Princess was honored as Charter Captain of the Year at Fraser’s annual awards ceremony last night. “All brokers who book with this captain say the same thing: the crew are amazing, and that’s because of him,” said Bertrand Mattei, the yacht’s charter manager. On one charter this summer, the yacht served as a tender to an 85m yacht and was supposed to house the staff. After a few days, the principal charter client was so impress he moved himself and his guests onto Ionian Princess. “I offer this award to my crew,” said Capt. Tsakos, who was given a Hublot wrist watch among several gifts. “We do this project together.” Fraser saw a 10 percent increase in charter rentals and a 20 percent increase in activity in its charter fleet this year, CEO Hein Velema said. “While we must thank our great staff for that, more important is the captain and crew onboard,” he said, then lifted a glass of champagne in toast “not just

to captains and chief stews, but to all deckhands, stews, chefs and engineers.” Fraser also honored charter crews on yachts large and small. Charter Crew of the Year on vessels larger than 50m is the crew of M/Y Force Blue, a 63.3m (207-foot) Royal Denship led by Capt. Fernando Terquini.(See photo page 4.) “We selected this crew not only for its can-do attitude and genuine enthusiasm but also the extremely high standards of safety and security on the yacht,” charter broker Daniela DeMarco said. The yacht chartered 10 weeks this summer, including one charter with a guest who went overboard at night. That guest was rescued safely. “This is not only a great crew, but they are life savers, in every sense of the word,” she said. Charter Crew of the Year on vessels less than 50m is the crew of M/Y Dragon, a 41m Palmer Johnson led by Capt. Dave Frevert. Frevert was unable to attend last night. The award was accepted by the yacht’s new captain. – Lucy Reed

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endorsement. “In the future, merchant seaman will have this course worked into their training,” said Roger Towner, registrar general and chief examiner, MCA. l HELM (human element leadership and management) training. OOW candidates need one course; managers need a second course. Existing credential holders do not need this training, Towner said. Though the STCW changes don’t go into effect until 2017, the UK has passed legislation to implement the new STCW beginning July 1. So new courses and systems must be in place by then. Enforcement begins in 2017. And despite the fact that the 3,000ton limit on the building of vessels has been lifted in the LY3, it remains intact for qualifications. In order to operate a vessel larger than 3,000 tons or that carries more than 12 passengers, mariners must still obtain an unlimited certificate, Towner said.

For vessels, LY3 changes include:

l updated safety on overside working


l creation of a standard for underwater lights; l requiring that rescue boats not reside and their launching not occur forward of the collision bulkhead l requiring the carriage of oversize and infant life jackets l increasing reserve power on the GMDSS from one hour to three l a “substantial equivalent” to meet the accommodations requirements of the MLC (on vessels whose keel is laid after Aug. 20, 2013) MGN 456 announces the new LY3; compliance will be required once the MSN is issued. “We’d like to see it adapted as the benchmark for the industry,” said Paul Coley, assistant director - ship standards with the MCA. Lucy Chabot Reed is editor of Triton Today Monaco, a daily produced by The Triton. Comments are welcome at lucy@

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