The month of October presented a double milestone for the International Yacht Bureau (IYB) as it celebrated its 5th anniversary and welcomed the 450th yacht into its Register of Yachts.
Since its official launch in October of 2006, IYB has experienced unprecedented growth through the statutory certification of private and commercial yachts on behalf of the world’s leading yacht registries. From its simple beginnings in the yachting capital of the world, Fort Lauderdale, IYB has expanded to 35 locations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia with surveyor availability in every major yachting location worldwide. This network is backed by a team of master mariners, naval architects, and marine engineers experienced in the complex world of maritime regulations, but dedicated solely to yachts.
Capt. Jake DesVergers, Chief Surveyor at IYB said, “From our very first yacht, we developed an organization that responds to each customer’s individual needs, while ensuring that they also meet any and all flag‐state requirements.” IYB received its original delegation by the Republic of the Marshall Islands. It now represents more than ten yachting registries as flag‐state inspectors and surveyors. Capt. DesVergers comments, “As I say to both the flags we represent and the yachts we inspect, their success is our success. If they fail, then IYB has failed with them. This anniversary is because of the partnership with have with our clients and the flags. It is the enormous level of trust that they have instilled in us that allows us to celebrate this milestone.”
Simultaneously, IYB welcomed its newest commercial yacht and 450th yacht into the Register, Penny Mae. Built to ABS class in 2004 by Richmond Yachts, the 44 metre motor yacht completed the required surveys and plan review for certification as a commercial yacht under the Marshall Islands flag. A busy winter season is planned, followed by charters this summer in Europe. She is under the command of Capt. Richard McGregor.