Another successful edition of 16th Azimut Benetti Yachtmaster

Written by Gemma Fottles

The Miami leg of the 16th Azimut Benetti Yachtmaster drew to a close yesterday in Florida, marking another successful edition of the event. Hosted at the Eden Roc hotel in the heart of Miami Beach from 6th to 7th April, guests enjoyed a full day of workshops regarding some of the most important issues facing superyacht captains and ownerโ€™s representative in the industry today.

The first day saw event partners and sponsors AWLGrip, Boero YachtCoatings, Jotun, Peninsula Petroleum, Peters&May Superyachts, Team Italia, Versilia Marine Service, Viraver, Butch Kemp Designs, Fraser Yachts, SLAM, Refit 3 Yacht Refit Service and Naiad Dynamics, take part in a fun speed dating exercise, in which the partners were given the opportunity to meet and greet participants before introducing the company and services.

Harald van Exem, Director Yacht Services Worldwide at Fraser Yachts then kicked off a series of workshops with a presentation regarding the complexities of marine insurance and finding the added value in insurance packages. This was followed by an important overview and breakdown of reading yacht certificates from Clive McCartney, Senior Manager Yacht Services at Fraser Yachts.

Alessandro Gallifuoco, Quality and After Sales Manager at Benetti Yachts, presented the challenges of crew management, assisted by panelists John Cook from Lesia, Brian Luke from International Crew Training and Peter Selivanoff from Fraser Yachts taking questions.

Ches King, Business Development Manager at Rina rounded off the day with an overview of the forthcoming regulations on environmental protection in the industry. That evening, the group headed to the spectacular Fontainebleau Miami Beach for an evening of fine dining.

The event was the final installment of three Yachtmaster conferences, the first of which took place in Asia in November 2015, and the second in Italy in February of this year.

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