The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry (CISR) has announced that it has audited and approved the globally recognised International Yachtmaster Training (IYT) for the registry’s Yachtmaster Coastal, Offshore and Ocean certification.
IYT has been in business for eight years and has trained approximately 12,500 students. While headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, the company boasts 25 partner schools located in 13 countries around the world. IYT prides itself in quality instruction both in the classroom and in the practical aspects of seamanship.
The school has been approved by the U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and 23 other governments. Since approximately 87% of the world’s mega-yachts are registered in the Cayman Islands, getting approval from the CISR is a vital accomplishment.
Mark Fry, President of IYT, said: "It is an honour and a pleasure to be recognized by the Cayman Islands. We look forward to a close and mutually beneficial relationship in the future."
CISR’s Capt. James Gavin, Senior Marine Surveyor in charge of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers (STCW) spent several weeks at IYT over the past 18 months auditing its various courses. Capt. Gavin said, "I am pleased with both the quality of the courses and the professionalism of the instructors. I believe IYT is and will remain in the forefront of Yachtmaster training."
Last week, IYT President Mark Fry and Vice President Chris Taylor came to George Town to receive the letter of acceptance from Mr. Joel Walton, Director of the CISR. Mr. Walton said: "The CISR is pleased to continue its commitment to working with quality industry partners to improve seafarer standards for its mega-yacht fleet whilst also developing new opportunities for Caymanians in this exciting growth area."
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