Reconciling vision with regulations: A flag state’s view
Yacht design is probably the most creative and unconventional segment of the shipbuilding industry. No wonder designers frequently want to implement ideas that challenge safety requirements. But in many cases a safe solution can be found, provided that the builder and designer engage with class and the flag state at an early stage. Julian Smith, Principal Surveyor, Global Safety & Compliance at Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, explains what such a collaborative approach entails.