5 Reasons Why a Superyacht Refit Is the Perfect Time to Consider an SMS Change

Giuseppe Corrado

Giuseppe Corrado

Riela Yachts Safety & Compliance Manager

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After a summer well spent cruising the sunny Mediterranean Sea, you may be considering making changes to your vessel and service providers in preparation for your next venture. Usually, when superyacht refits are considered, attention is automatically drawn to the yacht’s interior/exterior conditions, interior design and improving functional specifications. However, amidst this development is the perfect opportunity for you to make a change in your Safety Management System (SMS) and assess the level of support you have received from your ISM Company. Here are five reasons why:

1. Time to Reflect

The end of a busy season is always the best time to stop and reflect on your journey.

 

What went well? What went wrong? What could be improved?

 

This is the opportunity for you to discover which elements of your operation could be managed more efficiently… In particular, your SMS and the quality of the supporting team.

Superyacht refit reflection

2. Seek Expert Advice

It comes as no surprise to say that superyacht operations are complex. Whilst your vessel is undergoing its refit, now is the best time for you to discuss your requirements and areas you wish to improve. Undoubtedly, gaining a second opinion from an industry leader on what level of safety management you are operating at, and where you wish to improve, is the best way to ensure that your superyacht is ready to go for the next summer season.

3. Change Welcomes Change

As you begin to consider the changes to be made on your vessel, an initial consultation about the onboard practices, tools and technology will be especially helpful when illustrating the improvements which could be made.

 

For instance, whilst you may be welcoming a superyacht refit and updating your crewing manuals, this is the perfect time to seamlessly integrate new system procedures to match.

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4. Combat Complacency

Historically, change was often viewed as a barrier in the yachting industry and complacency was a true enemy to combat. Sometimes, we can fall into the assumption that change brings additional work in the immediate future. This unfortunately means that opportunities to look at the “big picture” can be missed. By being open to change this refit season, you will be able to clearly consider all aspects of your operation which may have otherwise been discarded.

5. Cost effectiveness

With refit season often comes Flag States and Class Society surveys which you may need to complete prior to returning to sea. Hence, any additional audits which arise from a change in SMS can be easily incorporated into these surveys, increasing the cost effectiveness of your operations, and also streamlining your upgrade.

To find out more about the process of changing SMS, please get in touch with Giuseppe Corrado on LinkedIn or find him at this year’s virtual YARE event.  

Visit the Riela Yachts Superyacht Blog to read more on superyacht safety.

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